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Field Epidemiology$
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Michael Gregg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313802

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313802.001.0001

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Using a Computer for Field Investigations

Using a Computer for Field Investigations

Field Epidemiology

Andrew G. Dean

Consuelo M. Beck-Sagué

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the use of computers for field investigations. Computers require an investment of technical skill and setup time that must be balanced against the anticipated increase in quantity and quality of output. Computers are most useful for: tasks that are clearly defined and that will be done many times in the same way; rapid computation or counting involving large numbers of similar records; tasks matching the capabilities of existing software; numerically intensive calculations; accurate retention of details; and investigators who have used the same system before.

Keywords:   computer use, field studies, field epidemiology, technical skill

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