App Development Research Summary

This summer, I learned a lot about app development. Through my research, I now feel very comfortable with the basics of Android Studio and both Java and Kotlin. I also learned how time consuming ground-up app development can be. Even starting with a computer science background, it took me a while to get comfortable with the software and actually begin making something. That is exactly why I believe these online courses are so beneficial, they give a structure to learning these often difficult topics. So here, I’ll try and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of some of the most popular websites for learning android app development and other tech skills. 

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Progress Update #2

Hi all!


I’m a bit late catching up on blog posts, because at this point I’ve completed my project, but in the second week of my research I looked in more depth at the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to try and determine whether or not either of them is considered reliable and/or valid. What I found, as expected, is that the results are mixed. For the MMPI, because it is most frequently used in clinical settings as a diagnostic tool, the studies I found related mostly to its reliability in identifying subjects with abnormal personalities. I generally found support for the MMPI as a diagnostic aide, valuable because it assesses patients on 10 different clinical scales and thus provides a multifaceted picture of any one individual’s psychopathology. However, the MMPI-2 (the most updated form of the MMPI) contains 567 true/false questions, so there is some concern about internal reliability. In other words, do people answer the questions as carefully and accurately in the second half of the test as they do in the first half? To combat this, the MMPI has validity scales which are designed to make it apparent when a subject’s responses are affected by test-taking fatigue.

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Gathering Data on Abortion Law History

One of the goals of this project is to try to identify consistencies in abortion market demand elasticity. Ideally, it would be most useful to be able to see commonalities in trends across different populations when similar laws are implemented. In order to be able to chart a portion of a market demand curve, different points of the same demand curve must be identified. This is harder than it sounds; when using points found by changing market equilibrium, it must be established that a certain change is solely due to a shift in supply and that the demand curve remained constant. This, then, requires a sudden shift to take place in abortion policy that effects supply in such a way that equilibrium would shift without any significant changes in demand. Elasticity could be roughly estimated from such a shift.

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Progress Update #1

Hi all,


In the first week and a half of my research, I’ve been reading several studies conducted to assess the reliability and validity of a few different personality tests. My first  step, of course, was to decide which personality tests to examine. I chose four to compare and contrast: the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire, the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator, and the Revised NEO Personality Inventory.

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