I've just submitted my psych dissertation and am suddenly worried. I conducted an experiment and excluded a few cases of data from results based on justifiable criteria which I discussed with my supervisor and explained in my report. However, I had to submit the SPSS data set with the report and just realised that i submitted it without those cases as i deleted them rather than deselecting them. I do still have them on a previous version of the data set but the submission deadline has passed. Will I get in trouble for this - or is that as acceptable as deleting the incomplete results from the data set?
Any reassurance or advice would be great!
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Excluding data from dissertation watch
- Thread Starter
- 10-09-2015 16:20
- 14-09-2015 13:50
It's hard to say exactly, as I'd guess this probably varies with university/marker, but from what you've said I would guess there should be no issue with it at all - I really don't think you'd get in trouble for it in any way.
I think they tend to ask for the SPSS data set alongside the report just to check what you've done and if you reported the correct statistics (and didn't just make up your results, for example...). You've explained your justification for excluding those cases, and handed in the data set that you included in your final analysis, and I suspect that would be absolutely fine.
- 14-09-2015 22:29
Why did you exclude the cases?