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Q: What are some methods you might use to determine the reliability of the data you gather? Why is it important to analyze your data to determine if it is reliable?
A: In today?s era there are many sources used to gather data. [ Some people use computers others just use books or journals, but "The ultimate goal of data reliability assessment is to determine whether you can use the data for your intended purposes". I completely agree with this statement, this is generally why we research data. With the enhancements of technology we have seen the
amount of sources grow over time. The emerging sources like Wikipedia and Google are among the leaders. The biggest problem with using the internet for data research is the reliability factor, and that should always be the most important. It is very important to make sure the data is reliable because it is not good to pass out incorrect information. A lot of the information posted on the internet is not cited or published. In most cases, you should stay away from Internet information that doesn't list an author. While the information you may sometimes be true, it is more difficult to validate information if you don't know the credentials of the author. The best way to verify the sources is to check for educational credits or Discover if the writer is either published or in a scholarly journal. ]
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User: What are some methods you might use to determine the reliability of the data you gather? Why is it important to analyze your data to determine if it is reliable?

Weegy: In today?s era there are many sources used to gather data. [ Some people use computers others just use books or journals, but "The ultimate goal of data reliability assessment is to determine whether you can use the data for your intended purposes". I completely agree with this statement, this is generally why we research data. With the enhancements of technology we have seen the amount of sources grow over time. The emerging sources like Wikipedia and Google are among the leaders. The biggest problem with using the internet for data research is the reliability factor, and that should always be the most important. It is very important to make sure the data is reliable because it is not good to pass out incorrect information. A lot of the information posted on the internet is not cited or published. In most cases, you should stay away from Internet information that doesn't list an author. While the information you may sometimes be true, it is more difficult to validate information if you don't know the credentials of the author. The best way to verify the sources is to check for educational credits or Discover if the writer is either published or in a scholarly journal. ]
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User: What are some reasons you might consider data or information to lack validity, credibility, or reliability? Explain your answer by using examples.

Weegy: There are many reasons that information cannot be reliable and lack credibility. The first of these reasons is lake of supporting evidence. [ When conducting research for an essay or for a new business proposition the researcher must have evidence that supports their writing from sources that can back up their proposed ideas. If an information source cannot provide sources and substantial corroborating evidence, then the research needs to move on to a new source. Another way I might consider information to be incorrect is if it conflicts with background information I may have obtained about the topic. For instance if I were to research information on how much oil flows through the Alaska pipe line and the number of barrels was different then the number I am familiar with, I would consider finding more sources to either back up what I know or what the first source listed. Many sources of information come from people or organizations that have a special interest in the information being presented. This can cause the information to be biased in a way that persuades the reader to believe the information being presented and form an opinion that shows favor to the reader or organization. This happens a lot in the advertisement of prescription drugs. Drug companies list all the benefits of the drug but fail to inform the audience all the side effects of the drug. In order to combat the effects of not creditable or unreliable information one should use multiple sources and always question the information being presented........... ]
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