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## 01 Apr Do social media users like things more if other users like them first?

Do social media users like things more if other users like them first? A natural field experiment by Egebark and Ekström (2018) explored the micro-level determinants of conformity in social media. They predicted that social media posts that had high levels of positive support (as indicated by the number of likes from prior users) would lead future users to also like the posts. Using the “Number of Original Likes” (X) and the “Number of New Likes” (Y) in the table below, fill in the blank spaces to assess this relationship. (Hint: Complete this chart offline. Then, answer questions 1 through 5). I’ll complete the first 10 calculations for you, but you need to do the rest. Round to two decimal places.

Number of Original Likes (X)

Number of New Likes (Y)

X2

Y2

XY

12

46

144

2116

552

24

72

576

5184

1728

6

35

36

1225

210

6

33

36

1089

198

18

62

324

3844

1116

16

60

256

3600

960

26

85

676

7225

2210

0

12

0

144

0

14

58

196

3364

812

14

54

196

2916

756

2

16

22

66

4

24

20

65

20

63

10

42

10

40

28

95

30

96

30

98

Total

regression equation

1. Which of the following is correct?

A). The predictor (independent) variable is the Number of Original Likes. The criterion (dependent) variable is Number of New Likes. The researchers are trying to see if the Number of New Likes predicts the Number of Original Likes.

B). The predictor (independent) variable is Number of New Likes. The criterion (dependent) variable is Number of Original Likes. The researchers are trying to see if the Number of Original Likes predicts the Number of New Likes.

C). The predictor (independent) variable is the Number of Original Likes. The criterion (dependent) variable is Number of New Likes. The researchers are trying to see if the Number of Original Likes predicts the Number of New Likes.

D). The predictor (independent) variable is Number of New Likes. The criterion (dependent) variable is the Number of Original Likes. The researchers are trying to see if the Number of New Likes predicts the Number of Original Likes.

2. What is the correct regression weight ( b)? (round to two decimal places here). (1 point)

A). 2.70

B). -1.24

C). 3.68

D). -2.70

E). 14.03

3. What is the correct regression intercept ( a)? (round to two decimal places here) (1 point)

A). 2.70

B). 14.03

C). 6.98

D). -12.68

E). -14.03

4. What is the correct regression equation (Y’)? (use two decimal places here) (1 point)

A). Y’ = -14.03X + 12.68

B). Y’ = -2.70X + 14.03

C). Y’ = 3.68X – 12.68

D). Y’ = 2.70X + 14.03

E). X = -1.24Y’ + 6.98

5. Imagine a social media post has 25 original likes. Given your regression equation, how many new likes should the post receive? (For your final answer, round to two decimal places – your answer may differ by a few decimals, so choose the BEST option from those below) (1 point)

A). -338.07

B). -53.47

C). 81.53

D). 79.32

E). -336.04

Instructions

· Each research paper should be a minimum of 6 to 8 pages.

· The vast difference in page count is because some countries and/or crime/topics are quite easy to study and some countries and/or crime/topics have very limited information.

· In some instances, there will be a plethora of information and you must use skilled writing to maintain proper page count.

· Please keep in mind that this is doctoral level analysis and writing – you are to take the hard-earned road – the road less travelled – the scholarly road in forming your paper.

· The paper must use current APA style, and the page count does not include the title page, abstract, reference section, or any extra material.

· The minimum elements of the paper are listed below.

· You must use a minimum of 8 recent (some countries/crimes/topics may have more recent research articles than others), relevant, and academic (peer review journals preferred and professional journals allowed if used judiciously) sources, at least 2 sources being the Holy Bible, and one recent (some countries/crime/topics have more recent than others) news article. Books may be used but are considered “additional: sources beyond the stated minimums. You may use .gov sources as your recent, relevant, and academic sources if the writing is academic in nature (authored works). You may also use United Nations and Whitehouse.gov documents as academic documents.

· Again, this paper must reflect graduate level research and writing style. If you need to go over the maximum page count you must obtain professor permission in advance! Please reference the Research Paper Rubric when creating your research paper.

These are minimum guidelines – you may expand the topics covered in your papers.

1. Begin your paper with a brief analysis of the following elements:

0. Introduction to the country

1. Analyze the nature of organized crime in the assigned area (you may narrow the scope of your analysis through your introduction or thesis statement if needed)

1. Analyze the impact of organized crime in the assigned area on the government.

1. Briefly propose policies that may be helpful in mitigating organized crime in the assigned area.

1. A Holy Bible comparison/analysis of the nature of the organized crime system, the impact on the country, or your proposed policy to mitigate the system.

The following is an outline of the minimum points to be covered in your paper – Crime Typology Topics:

These are minimum guidelines – you may expand the topics covered in your papers…

1. Analyze the nature of assigned crime/issue with respect to (at a minimum):

0. Scope of the crime/issue

0. Financial impact – if possible

0. Human impact – if possible

0. Analysis of various countries laws dealing with the crime/issue.

1. Briefly propose policies that may be helpful in mitigating the crime/topic on a specific country or transnational scale.

1. A Holy Bible comparison/analysis of the crime/topic

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