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What sorts of data will I find and how much do I need?

What sorts of data will I find and how much do I need?

By the end of this chapter you will be able to answer the following:

  • What is the nature of data?
  • What is the difference between primary and secondary data?
  • What is the difference between quantitative and qualitative data and how are they measured?
  • Where are the necessary data found?
  • What is sampling and why is it needed?
  • What should I do now?

What is the nature of data?

‘Data’ basically means information: anything that can be collected to inform research. It is the plural of the word ‘datum’. Whenever you do any sort of enquiry or research, you will collect data of different kinds. In fact, data ...

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