Anyway, I suppose the previous paragraph did not make sense. I am doing a multidimensional scaling analysis on a bunch of data about a couple hundred of languages for a seminar paper. Until this week, I couldn't make the statistical program to run, but somehow, I found the solution to my problem.
Apparently, I have too many samples. I am sampling languages that have a specific characteristic, and seeing how the topology of those languages are; whether some languages are more similar to one language than another. For that, I am using ALSCAL techniques to measure the similarity difference between my samples. Since my data are binary-coded, I am using a binary classical MDS test to measure the Euclidian distance between all of my samples, and therefore create a two-dimensional topological space of the similarity of my data.
And from that, interesting results are coming out. Therefore today, I started to sit down and write this seminar paper. Good thing, so that I could take that out of my plate. And now I could say that I know another statistical trick under my belt.
I suppose that is a good thing. I now know the regular vanilla descriptive statistics, the regular parametric inferential methods, such as chi-squares, t-tests, F-tests, and so on. I also know how to construct the different flavors of ANOVAs, and I also have experience running binary logistic regressions. Now I know how to do multidimensional scaling on binary-coded data.
Perhaps the most important thing when one does these statistical tests is that one fully understands what the numbers mean. The thing is, with a given program, one can just feed the program some data, and then click on a few buttons with a mouse, and voila! The program spews out a bunch of numbers and there you go!
Anyway, I am looking forward to tomorrow. A friend and I are going to visit this mansion somewhere on the outskirts of Rochester. There is this mansion called the Sonnenberg Mansion, and it features a greenhouse and plenty of gardens. It apparently was featured in a documentary called America's Castles. So I am bringing my camera and enjoying this brief respite from the academic work I am currently dirtying my hands in.