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Descriptive Analyses for Data Generated by Quantitative Research
Descriptive analyses for data generated by quantitative research

This chapter introduces readers to descriptive analyses as a means for analyzing data generated by research in the quantitative tradition. Descriptive analyses are used to summarize and describe data; the aim is to reveal patterns in the data that are not immediately apparent when inspecting raw data. Descriptive analyses are usually conducted first, regardless of whether the purpose of the study is descriptive, predictive, or explanatory. The reason for conducting descriptive analyses is to allow the researcher and the reader to understand the data before trying to understand what it conveys. As with the choice of research design, the ...

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