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  1. 1. Week 1: Generating research ideas<br />MFF 715: Forensic Research & Analysis<br />1<br />
  2. 2. Learning Objectives<br />Understand ways to generate research topics<br />Distinguish different types of scientific research questions<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Formulating your research topic<br />Brainstorming research ideas<br />Readings<br />Anomalies<br />Imagination and Creativity<br />Thought experiments<br />Ideas from other disciplines<br />Defining the research question<br />It must generate new insights<br />Relevant<br />Feasible – The instructor will ensure proper scope<br />Writing the research objectives<br />Note – Due to the nature of this course, all topics you propose must be Fraud and Forensic related<br />3<br />
  4. 4. 3<br />Types of Studies<br />Reporting<br />Descriptive<br />Explanatory<br />Predictive<br />
  5. 5. Your research questions <br />Report/Descriptive<br />“what”: e.g., what percentage of our customers shop on our website?<br />Group differences: e.g., are male or female workers more committed to our company?<br />Trend: e.g., does our stock price increase over time?<br />Correlation: e.g., when our sales volume goes up, does the stock price go up too?<br />Explanatory/Predictive<br />“why”: e.g., what factors explain why some projects are more successful than others?<br />Conditional: e.g., why does the collaborative leadership style work only some of the times?<br />“Will”: e.g., Will changing retail prices affect our market share?<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Reporting QuestionsSingle-Variable Questions<br />What are the average auto body repair estimates?<br />What percentage of taxpayers commit tax fraud?<br />What percentage of people can provide accurate eyewitness reports?<br /> Can you identify the variable in the question?<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Descriptive QuestionsMulti-Variable Questions<br />Are auto repair estimates higher with insurance coverage than without?<br />What are the two variables involved?<br />Do Americans commit more tax fraud than Europeans?<br />What are the two variables involved?<br />Are people accurate in recognizing a suspect when police lineup is presented one at a time or all at once?<br />What are the two variables involved?<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Explanatory QuestionsMulti-Variable with Causal Relationships<br />Why are auto body repair estimates higher with insurance than without?<br />Why do people commit tax fraud?<br />Why are eyewitnesses are accurate when the police lineup is presented serially rather than simultaneously?<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Predictive QuestionsMulti-Variable Based on Explanatory Findings<br />If the insurance procedure is changed so the body repair shop is unaware if the car is insured or not the average body repair estimate will be the same for both insured and uninsured cars?<br />Do older people are more likely to commit tax fraud?<br />Changing the police lineup process so it is serial rather than simultaneous will lead to a better recognition rate ?<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Turning Research Ideas into Research Questions<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Relating Research Questions to Research Objectives<br />11<br />
  12. 12. Translating Management Questions into Researchable Questions<br />5-12<br />
  13. 13. 13<br /> -- End -- Questions?<br />