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Explain how important it is to report your data honestly and not manipulate the data in an attempt to prove your hypothesis. In addition, explain why it is important to ensure that your participants understand fully the extent of the research before you begin.

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Explain how important it is to report your data honestly and not manipulate the data in an attempt to prove your hypothesis. In addition, explain why it is important to ensure that your participants understand fully the extent of the research before you begin.

Hi! I hope to help you understand these concepts.

The best example for this revolves in my area of expertise. I work in the pharmaceutical industry, and we conduct experiments all of the time to see if our drugs work or do not.

For example, let's say that we are trying to launch a new drug X, which claims to cure the common cold. The only real way to see if this claim is true or not is to conduct a test to see if this is the case.

So let's say that you recruit 1000 people who have a cold, and you divide them in half, randomly. Half the people would get drug X, while the other half would get a placebo (a pill with no medication in it). These would be the hypothesis. Your first (null) hypothesis would state:
- drug x has no effect on the common cold.

You alternative hypothesis would state:
- drug x has an effect on the common cold.

You then observe the people to see if their colds are cured or not, in order ...

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The importance of ethics in the statistics research is discussed.

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