What is Empirical Reasoning? 

Empirical Reasoning is the process of making sense of all the data you have gathered. The process is as follows:
  • ORGANIZE THE DATA - Think about what your hypothesis is and organize your data accordingly (what is causing what?)
  • ANALYZE THE DATA - Find out if that relationship exists through using methods of analysis such as statistics, GIS, graphs, qualitative methods, etc. 
  • VISUALIZE THE DATA - Visualization tools such as charts, graphs, maps, etc can help both the data analysis and data presentation!

The ERL Provides: 

TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE 
The ERL offers training for statistical analysis, textual analysis, and geographical information systems software. We support both Macs and PCs. 
 
INDIVIDUAL GUIDANCE
The ERL can help individuals through each step of the research process from basic research design and formulating hypothesis to data analysis and visualization to interpreting and presenting results. 
 
CLASSROOM SUPPORT 
The ERL supports courses with supplementary training sessions focusing on using analysis softwares, finding appropriate datasets, and interpreting and understanding the narrative of quantative and qualitative data. 
 
The recently created Empirical Reasoning Lab is a new initiative supported by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation designed to provide infrastructural support for empirical reasoning across the curriculum.