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Analysing Data For Your PhD: An Introduction: PhD Knowledge, #3

Analysing Data For Your PhD: An Introduction: PhD Knowledge, #3

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Analysing Data For Your PhD: An Introduction: PhD Knowledge, #3

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52 pages
38 minutes
Released:
Jan 13, 2016
ISBN:
9781911071075
Format:
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Analysing data is perhaps the most demanding stage of research - and certainly the least visible. This concise e-book demystifies the process by explaining the principles and practice of good quality data analysis. It describes the key quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as creative and mixed methods, and offers guidance on how to choose suitable methods for your research. The book emphasises the need for robust and rigorous analysis, and aims to enable you to draw clear lines from your data, through your findings, to your conclusions.

Released:
Jan 13, 2016
ISBN:
9781911071075
Format:
Book

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If you're a Harry Potter fan, you might like to think of this topic as the research equivalent of Defence Against The Dark Arts. Data analysis can be a dark art, often conducted unseen, with considerable potential for evil. It can also be used for great good. This book won't teach you spells to counteract malevolent forces, but it will shine a light into the darkness, and show you how to use analytic techniques in beneficial ways.

Data analysis is a really important part of anyone's doctoral studies. As a doctoral student, you should have time to work with your data very thoroughly. This will give you invaluable insight into the analytic process in general, and one or more of the ways in which data can be analysed in particular. But

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    Short overview of most common statistical methods (qualitative and quantitative). Book gives description of each of the methods and what they "physically" describe in the data and why they are useful. You will need to look into other resources to find how to do each of these, but it can help you work out which ones you might need.
    Haven't needed to use lots of these statistical methods for a long time, this was a good refresher.