Week 4: Charting Data

Apr 25, 2022

Hello! I finally created my massive data collection spreadsheet that encompasses both demographic information and IQ examination results. Something that I found particularly convenient is that at Small Brooklyn, whenever anyone gets a neuropsych evaluation, they almost always include an IQ examination, which means there are probably hundreds of different data points that I may analyze. 

I have become familiar with where specific information is found, for example, I know that I can find the parent’s occupations in the “Background Questionnaire” while I am more likely to find the patient’s school in their final report. Dr. Mandi has been super helpful in providing me with ample resources and much needed advice whenever I have questions. I have been learning a lot about the different types of IQ examinations, and how each component is tested for. I have decided to not only collect the Full Scale IQ scores, but also the scaled T-score (essentially a standardized score so everyone is place on the same scale) from each of the 5 components that I mentioned in my previous blog post. My thought process for this decision was the realization that if I were to only look at a patient’s full scale IQ, their individual weaknesses and strengths would be hidden (and most likely averaged) in their full scale IQ. By collecting these more specific pieces, I get a more detailed image of the way in which someone functions, rather than just a number.  

I’m still working my way through the archive and will be for the next couple of weeks. Once I have collected a large enough amount of data (I am hoping for 200-400 diff data points) I will have to look into a couple of different stats programs to figure out how to analyze the data and create my final chart. The chart not only serves as my final deliverable for this project, but a way to present the information that I am collecting in a digestible way. I am looking forward to seeing if there are any connections between the demographic information I collect and subsequent IQ scores.


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