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Research Methods

Overview of Quantitative Research

Quantitative research is generally empirical in nature; it relies upon observation and in some cases, experimentation. Quantitative research is usually highly structured, with results which have numerical values. These results can be compared with other number-based results. Sometimes, generalisations of wider populations in the form of hypotheses can be estimated with the collected data. Data is often analysed with statistical methods to avoid bias. 

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