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11.5: Reliability in Unobtrusive Research
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- Define stability and describe strategies for overcoming problems of stability.
- Define reproducibility and describe strategies for overcoming problems of reproducibility.
- Define accuracy and describe strategies for overcoming problems of accuracy.
- Stability can become an issue in unobtrusive research project when the results of coding by the same person vary across different time periods.
- Reproducibility has to do with multiple coders’ results being the same for the same text.
- Accuracy refers to the extent to which one’s coding procedures correspond to some preexisting standard.
- With a peer, create a code sheet that you can use to record instances of violence on the television program of your choice. Now, on your own, watch two or three episodes of that program, coding for instances of violence as you go along. Your peer should do the same. Finally, compare your code sheet to that of your peer. How similar were you in your coding? Where do your coding results differ, and why? Which issues of reliability may be relevant?