(research methods four elements) include:
- equations are what used to represent the
models for our research.
- estimation is the link between equations
(models) and the data used for our research.
of Models) - errors are often used to
evaluate the fit between models and the
- explanation is the link between equations
(models) and our research purposes. How we
explain our research results often depends
on our research purposes and also on the
subject we are studying.
The RM4Es are the key four aspects that
distinguish one research method from
another. In the empirical research
community, people sometimes say "using
multiple regression method to estimate
structural equation models" that often
confuses people. What they are trying to say
is actually "using OLS method to estimate a
set of structural equations". Clearly using
the RM4Es terms can help avoid
misunderstanding and help making research
The RM4Es are sufficient to represent a
research status at any given moment, per the
past research conducted by our institute and
others. Furthermore, using RM4Es can easily
and sufficiently represent research flows
and research maps.
The RM4Es framework is one of the best tools
for instructors and students to organize
research methods and statistics knowledge.
It is an excellent assessment tool used by
many RM instructors, and also a self
assessment tool used by our students.
At the same time, the RM4Es framework is
also a good system for research flow
management. The research flow management
systems developed on the RM4Es and other RM
principles are helping researchers to
improve research quality and research
click here for a regression modelling
book based on RM4Es, and
here for a structural equation modelling
book based on RM4Es.