n Journal of Public Administration - Data analysis in quantitative research

Volume 42, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



This article considers the analysis of data in quantitative research. Firstly, the question... What is data processing and data entry in quantitative research is discussed. Secondly, the article discusses elementary data analysis and data presentation. The article then discusses searching for relationships, an important aspect as, whilst the methods that have been discussed in this article are useful in summarising and providing descriptive information about the variables, policy- and public analysts are more interested in the relationships between the variables. The article also examines causation and multivariate analysis and several manifestations of causes are presented and multivariate analysis conceptualised, as most of social science analysis falls within this general rubric. Finally, the role of computers in quantitative data analysis is briefly explained.

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