data analysis


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data analysis

[′dad·ə ə‚nal·ə·səs]
(computer science)
The evaluation of digital data.

data analysis

the examination and processing of information gained from studies, such as surveys or experiments. Social data may be analysed by a variety of methods, including CROSS TABULATION, statistical tests (see STATISTICS AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS) and computer programmes (e.g. see STATISTICAL PACKAGE FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES); punch cards were a common method used to collate information before more sophisticated computer analysis became possible. See also RESEARCH METHODS.
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