The Design Process Part 4
Analysis is the methodical and detailed examination of the constitution and structure of a subject. This process commonly involves the separation of the item under investigation into its elemental parts. Analytical research often employs the use of quantitative, qualitative and comparative methods to reveal the essence of a subject.
Quantitative analysis is concerned with the measurement of data employing verifiable mathematical and statistical methods. An example of this might be the number of blue-eyed people within a group established through an extensive survey.
Qualitative analysis is concerned with the use of more subjective methods rooted in observation of human reaction and opinion. An example of this might be whether a sample group found blue-eyed people more attractive.
Comparative analysis measures comparison between subjects. An example of this might be the number of blue-eyed people in a group compared with the number of green or browned-eyed people.