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Statistics simplified

How to prepare the analysis chapter of a dissertation

The data analysis chapter of a dissertation is one of the most important parts. It consists of the data that has been collected as a part of the research and the researcher’s analysis of the data. Presenting the data collected and its analysis in comprehensive and easy to understand manner is the key to have a good Analysis chapter. The analysis should be in an appropriate format and detailed enough to support the researcher’s point of view.

Lets us see what does in to writing a good analysis chapter.

Your dissertation data analysis section consists of the following sections:

  • An overview consisting a brief about the purpose of the study how the research was conducted, and description of the data types, data collection instruments used and any assumptions made during the study
  • A detailed description of each research questions and /or hypothesis
  • The actual data that is collected and the various statistical, mathematical and qualitative analysis that is performed
  • A conclusion of each question separately and the insight that the researcher draws from the analysis
  • A summary paragraph will provide a brief review of the chapter

Given below are some best practices that one can follow while writing the analysis section

  • Having an introductory paragraph which explains the chapter
  • Referencing the analysis with the literature review. Cross referencing is a good way to relate the common points that the researches has come up between analysis and literature review.
  • Following a theme based structure similar to that followed in the literature review
  • Giving your judgment and critical view for the results that the analysis throws up.
  • If any new theme emerges from the analysis the researcher to acknowledge it and link it the appropriate conclusion that is drawn for the analysis.
  • Avoiding  jargon and giving a definition of technical terms used in the analysis

The Analysis chapter is the foundation on which the researcher draws the conclusion, identifies patterns and gives recommendations. The entire utility of the research work depends on how well the analysis is done. The researcher should properly document the various types of data (qualitative, quantitative) and the relevant approach, tools and conclusion that a researcher has drawn form the data.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that the analysis is not for the sake of analysis. The chapter should be written in lucid manner so that it is self-explanatory and interesting to the reader. The writing style should be such that it communicates the findings and results to the reader.

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