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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The research question that did not work

Research Question
R1. How did political factors account for differences in how COINTELPRO operations were conducted against the Ku Klux Klan (COINTELPRO: WHITE HATE) and the New Left (COINTELPRO: New Left)

IV = Political factors including extra-legal influence, growth complex, and politics of the personal
DV = Significant differences in such operations, including the amount of time each program was operational, the number of operations, and the severity of operations.
Null Hypotheses (HO)
HO1. There is no significant difference in the way that such operations were conducted

When trying to explain something by measuring a range of independent variables, Factor Analysis helps reduce the number of reported variables by determining significant variables and 'combining' these into a a single variable (or 'factor'). It may be used in this way either to discover factors or to test a hypothesis that they exist.

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