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To be or not to be… Image of a chat robot discussing philosophy (image from Getty contributor)

Ronny Watson will try to guide you to the best place to find an answer to your question. Hence, it should be considered as a very advanced and interactive table of contents (and it is far from making you unemployed).

We launched the first version of our chat robot on 31st of October 2017. The intention was to see if we could learn this robot to automatically answer the most common questions posed. However, it turned out that this robot had some learning difficulties. Hence, on 11th of November 2017 we switched to another robot powered by IBM Watson. We believe this robot has a greater learning potential.

The chat robot opens up as a small chat icon in the bottom left corner. A chat window opens up when you click on the icon. You can write any question related to research methodology. Please write very short questions.  Long questions are likely to make the chat robot confused. Try to start a question with something like “Please tell me about…” or “What is…”.

The chat window can be minimised by clicking on the down arrow sign in the upper right corner of the chat window. It will stay as an icon in the bottom left corner. It will remember your chat for some time if you allow your browser to store cookies.

We have just put the new robot in an introductory course of basic concepts in research methodology. The robot is now gradually learning. It will take some time before this functionality is useful (if ever). Please be patient. The robot will only be visible on this page during its initial training. It will be visible on all pages if the training is reasonably successful.

We will look at past chats to see where the robot goes wrong and try to improve its knowledge base and behaviour. We will not use the chat information for anything else. We do not collect information for marketing purposes! Read more about the purpose of this site here:

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