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Results from this study can inform how a large population views an issue and the diversity of these views. However, some quantitative research problems require that you explain how one variable affects another. , gender) that researchers study. By explaining a relation among variables, you are interested in determining whether one or more variables might inﬂuence another variable. For example, quantitative researchers may seek to know why certain voters voted against the school bond issue. The variables, gender and attitude toward the quality of the schools, may inﬂuence individuals’ vote on the bond issue.
There are distinct differences that go beyond the forms of gathering data. In data analysis, the procedures are quite different. In quantitative research, the investigator relies on statistical analysis (mathematical analysis) of the data, which is typically in numeric form. , photographs). Rather than relying on statistical procedures, the qualitative researcher analyzes the words to group them into larger meanings of understanding, such as codes, categories, or themes. The reporting formats are also typically different, with the quantitative structure following the typical introduction, literature review, methods, results, and conclusion sections.
Analyzing and Interpreting the Data During or immediately after data collection, you need to make sense of the information supplied by individuals in the study. Analysis consists of “taking the data apart” to determine individual responses and then “putting it together” to summarize it. Analyzing and interpreting the data involves drawing conclusions about it; representing it in tables, ﬁgures, and pictures to summarize it; and explaining the conclusions in words to provide answers to your research questions.