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(p. 233) 13. Analysing Quantitative Data 

(p. 233) 13. Analysing Quantitative Data
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(p. 233) 13. Analysing Quantitative Data
Author(s):

Tom Clark

, Liam Foster

, and Alan Bryman

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780198811060.003.0013
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date: 06 August 2020

This chapter discusses two approaches to analyse quantitative data: descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. Descriptive statistics allows the student to summarize and describe data, whereas inferential statistics enables him or her to infer answers from the data using hypotheses. Both approaches can be extremely useful. The chapter details some of the techniques associated with these approaches, and helps the student to choose which techniques are appropriate for the data collected. In showing how to present data appropriately, it also explores ways to discuss findings in an evidence-informed manner. By introducing some of the basic ideas involved in quantitative analysis, the chapter provides students with skills that can be employed in a quantitative dissertation.

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