meth·​od·​o·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌme-thə-də-ˈlä-ji-kəl \

Definition of methodological

: of or relating to method or methodology

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methodologically \ -​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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However, while a 2016 review of 24 studies found that children who play chess score higher in math, the research had some methodological flaws, says Giovanni Sala, the study’s lead author and a researcher at Osaka University in Japan. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Science Behind Making Your Child Smarter," 24 Dec. 2018 None of this is to say that marijuana addiction is worse than being addicted to any other drug, and Keyhani points out that there are methodological problems with research on the harms of cannabis, too. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Government bans on pot research have created room for marijuana health hype," 6 Nov. 2018 Churchill says that any victory on such a complex task would be significant, but the magnitude of the breakthrough will depend on the methodological details. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Can Bots Outwit Humans in One of the Biggest Esports Games?," 25 June 2018 For such a big trial, the protocol, methodological detail, and even data are extraordinarily skimpy in key areas — and that goes for the reanalysis, too. Julia Belluz, Vox, "This Mediterranean diet study was hugely impactful. The science just fell apart.," 20 June 2018 First, this methodological tweak comes just months after two big Chinese provinces admitted to padding growth figures during the 2015 and 2016 downturn. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Fixing Chinese Profits Is Easy—Just Fix the Data," 5 July 2018 The letter grades Silver and his people assign to particular polling outlets is mostly based on accuracy over time, with adjustments for methodological quality and transparency. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Polling Is Still Working, According to Nate Silver," 30 May 2018 Measuring the returns from unlisted equity investments is necessarily fraught with methodological problems. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Slippery Way to Grab a Slice of the Next Google," 1 May 2018 Also in the running: An avowed white supremacist who made headlines after surging in one poll, though analysts now chock that up to a methodological flaw. NBC News, "California's GOP is collapsing. Is that a sign for Republicans nationwide?," 4 June 2018

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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