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adj. describing a research design or data analysis that is admitted to be informal and imperfect. The researcher who adopts such an approach recognizes that there is a more refined way to set up the experiment or to analyze the findings. In research, a quick-and-dirty approach is more informal than a pilot study; in data analysis, it is regarded as a first peek at data from a specific analysis.

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June 17th 2024



1. abbreviation for characteristic frequency. See tuning curve.

2. abbreviation for cumulative frequency.