I occasionally come across a question that is poorly or awkwardly written, perhaps because the author doesn't speak English natively. How far am I allowed to go in editing the question?
- Should I make as few changes as necessary?
- Or may I maximize clarity by heavily rewriting the question?
For example, may I replace:
In one task that measures the times that participants take to respond to each item of a task some of the response times were considered outliers as they are more than 3SD above the mean of the participants' responses.
With something like:
In an experiment measuring response times, I observed several outliers more than three standard deviations above the mean.