Building Software Based Experiments: Techniques, Tools, and Tips

Welcome to Jon Westfall’s Software Based Experiment Resource site. This site will begin it’s life to serve as a supplement to my contribution to the SJDM Computing Symposium, and continue on as a resource to other social scientists that seek simple solutions to building software. (Whoa, Holy Alliteration Batman!) If you have any questions, feel free to contact me for more information.

SK3 : An example of using Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Internet Information Server, and Microsoft Frontpage extensions to build rich web-delivered data collection software. SK3 is a multi-stage escalation of commiment / Sunk Cost problem that presents the user various pieces of information and tracks what they look at, how long they look, and in what order they look before making a decision to continue to the next part or terminate the project. The problem used in SK3 is adapted from Schmidt & Calantone, “Escalation of commitment during new product development”, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 30(2), 103-118

The source code provided here is licensed under the GPL. You are free to modify the work, however I do ask that you let me know of any modifications or revisions

SK3 is written in VB.NET, Visual Studio 2005

Pebl: The Psychology Experiment Based Language

LimeSurvey


Microsoft Dreamspark Program (Provides free versions of Microsoft development tools to undergraduate and graduate students at colleges or universities around the world)

SPA: Don’t Lay That Gun Down

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/sep/08/victim-grabs-gun-shoots-kidnappers-deputies-say/news-metro/
“After he was forced into the back seat of a car at gunpoint, kidnapping victim Gregory Longley saw his opportunity.When one of the kidnappers – sitting next to Longley – put his gun on his lap to text-message someone, Longley grabbed the gun and killed him, according to the Pinellas sheriff’s office. Longley also shot and wounded another kidnapper sitting in the front passenger seat, the sheriff’s office said, and told the driver to stop the car.”
Kidnapping 101 – Never let the victim near your piece, no matter how much you want to text your friends. Wonder what the text read “lol i kidnapped this dood he likes my gu”