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a qualitative analysis/study
▪ a qualitative study of educational services/qualitative research
a rational analysis
▪ Emotions are running so high that any rational analysis of the situation is difficult.
careful analysis/examination/study etc
▪ careful analysis of the data
data analysis
▪ Computers are increasingly used for data analysis.
detailed description/account/analysis etc
▪ a detailed study of crime in Seattle
in-depth study/research/analysis etc
▪ an in-depth study of patients’ needs
quantitative analysis/methods/data etc
▪ We need to do a proper quantitative analysis of this problem.
SWOT analysis
▪ a SWOT analysis
undertake a review/analysis
▪ The Court of Appeal decided to undertake a review of the Law.
▪ A careful strategic analysis as described in chapter 4 will help to lessen the disadvantages of using leading indicators.
▪ Under careful analysis, however, the imagined alternatives do not stand up as realistic.
▪ But it does lend itself to careful analysis and preparation which may well pay off during the actual bargaining.
▪ This, it seems to me, is an issue worthy of careful analysis.
▪ Any careful cost-benefit analysis will show that every social practice and institution has limitations and presents difficulties as well as opportunities.
▪ He talked about the civil rights movement, the need for political engagement, careful analysis, honest leadership.
▪ It is careful analysis and a clear direction that will bring rewards.
▪ The key factor in making better decisions is a careful analysis of what an organization believes about itself and its environment.
▪ As a multi-skilled employee, her shifts involve chemical analysis, production monitoring and work as a colourist.
▪ It is also important that the chemical analysis of the specimen be started within 20 minutes of drawing the specimen. 191.
▪ Ceramics Two general approaches have been much used: thin-section petrography and chemical analysis of the body fabric or composition.
▪ It remains one of the most sensitive methods for chemical analysis ever developed.
▪ Part of the bile samples were frozen at -20°C until chemical analysis.
▪ One was sampled and subjected to chemical and structural analysis.
▪ Typically, the chemical analysis for each sample yields results on over twenty elements.
▪ Nevertheless an independent review emerged with a comparative analysis of a complex field.
▪ The former agent did a comparative analysis of the manifesto and five pages of letters and essays authored by Theodore.
▪ It may be possible to apply all of these to groups who contrast in some way, so facilitating a comparative analysis.
▪ Their comparative analysis tests the linear and non-linear forms of the relationship between income inequality and political violence.
▪ Thus detailed comparative analysis of different religions is possible.
▪ A comparative analysis of course documents made the extent and systematic nature of the changes quite evident.
▪ This makes any comparative analysis of data recorded at different times or using different aggregation units problematical.
▪ The comparative institutional analysis outlined above proceeds as follows.
▪ We will make a new commitment to critical viewing skills education and critical media analysis. 6.
▪ Professional employees should concentrate on working relationships and attempt to stay away from a critical analysis of personalities.
▪ In some cultures, critical analysis of texts is relatively unknown and may, indeed, be thought offensive.
▪ The critical analysis of local and central government performance by the project teams further precipitated the demise of the program.
▪ Not dissimilar from the system known as critical path analysis, the approach envisaged should show a time-scale allocation against each task.
▪ And yet Roosevelt was not spared the lash of critical analysis.
▪ There is also a critical analysis of the paper Religious and Moral Education 5-14 by.
▪ It is also useful to carry out your own critical analysis of an essay you have completed.
▪ Irvine has presented a detailed analysis of the controversy regarding the role of these two inositol phosphates in regulating calcium entry.
▪ Chapters 6 and 7 provide a detailed analysis of code switching behaviour.
▪ But it fell far short of providing the detailed model-by-model defect analysis demanded by Mr Gummer's critics.
▪ Any relocation depends on a detailed cost/benefit analysis being carried out to ensure that the exercise is truly worthwhile.
▪ But later in the day, a detailed analysis showed the concentrations to be safe.
▪ This section contains a detailed analysis of the behavioural determinants.
▪ In his book, Mowat proceeds to a detailed analysis of the part played by MacDonald in the crisis.
▪ More detailed analysis suggests the press was more successful at influencing assessments of party performance on unemployment than on other issues.
▪ It is the economic analysis which Porter demands that determines what quality, product and service mean in each case.
▪ Traditional economic analysis is premised on the assumption that more is better.
▪ From the perspective of economic analysis, children are high-priced consumption goods that are rapidly becoming more expensive.
▪ I am referring here to the recent growth in economic analysis of politics and law.
▪ Neither of these seems to be a show-stopper, but both factors must be taken into account in a detailed economic analysis.
▪ Again, economic analysis explores both the rationale and the efficiency of such government intervention.
▪ In some cases, an economic analysis is also possible.
▪ The inaccessible lesions were included in the final analysis as the aim was to evaluate this procedure according to the intention to treat.
▪ In the final analysis, the Supreme Court will be called upon to resolve these conflicting interpretations.
▪ But in the final analysis it had been he who wanted out.
▪ It should also comfort to recognize that, in the final analysis, these sums are operating to purify decision-making.
▪ All arts are in the final analysis.
▪ But in the final analysis, these are just details.
▪ Whether Innocent could have achieved his ends earlier or by better means must in the final analysis be a matter of opinion.
▪ In the final analysis, it is hard to imagine just what Boschwitz thought he would accomplish with the letter.
▪ These patients were excluded from further analysis.
▪ The meeting therefore set the stage for further in-depth analysis.
▪ If further size analysis is to be undertaken the best procedure is to use two identical sub-samples.
▪ Acceptable word candidates remaining after lexical look-up are stored for further analysis.
▪ This hypothesis requires further analysis of the passive voice before it can be considered confirmed however.
▪ Results showing improved recognition rates after further analysis are presented.
▪ A further analysis using data disaggregated by type of good will be carried out to try and identify where these shifts originated.
▪ It is the basis of quantitative chemical analysis, for example.
▪ Using quantitative analysis and charts of past currency movements, he predicts the dollar will rally briefly in the first quarter.
▪ Where quantitative analysis requires mathematical and computer skills, area studies require language training and extensive field research.
▪ His critical judgments about quantitative sociology also are not sufficiently illuminating at a craft level to make quantitative analysis more fruitful.
▪ Because of the frequent occurrence of kept, this causes difficulties in quantitative analysis.
▪ However, if the study involves quantitative analysis of data, then some discussion is in order.
▪ As the discussion in this section has implied, a general analysis of the phonological system is a prerequisite to quantitative analysis.
▪ These are quantitative decisions, and quantitative analysis must guide them.
▪ The research is conducted by statistical analysis of secondary data on client companies and on market prices.
▪ After all, the key to the proper use of statistical analysis is the correct identification of levels of measurement.
▪ Cricket, an old and complex game, naturally lends itself to statistical analysis.
▪ Fortunately, our customer was running the same problem on a traditional statistical analysis program.
▪ The democratic principle is one person one vote, as is the principle of statistical analysis.
▪ A statistical analysis selected those strategies more frequently used in successful than unsuccessful situations.
▪ Dedicated software permitted statistical analysis of the data obtained.
▪ As far as we know, no other statistical analysis simulation software has even pro-posed doing this.
▪ Some of the procedures of discourse analysis will make for a more profound examination of this process.
▪ At the beginning of the article he observed that there were two possible directions for discourse analysis.
▪ The more recent studies of discourse analysis have captured the tones which people use to talk of others.
▪ We have, then, two approaches to language: sentence linguistics and discourse analysis.
▪ For discourse analysis, the most important idea to come out of the field of Artificial Intelligence is that of knowledge schemata.
▪ Recent linguistic work on characterisation has used the principles and analytical techniques of pragmatics and discourse analysis to considerable effect.
▪ Thus, in discourse analysis, reference is treated as an action on the part of the speaker / writer.
▪ We are, after all, performing a descriptive and not a prescriptive exercise when we undertake discourse analysis.
▪ Again, this was confirmed by the application of simple statistical regression analysis.
▪ The relationships between variables were evaluated by the simple correlation coefficient and a multiple regression analysis.
▪ To investigate relations between sets of possible explanatory factors and each outcome variable a stepwise multiple linear regression analysis was used.
▪ We can use multiple regression analysis to discover the relative influence of these factors on perceptions.
▪ Bjornsson decided not to use a formula derived from multiple regression analysis.
▪ Table V shows results of stepwise multiple linear regression analysis of outcome variables from the ventilated infants.
▪ Among modifiable factors only access to a dietitian and an interested general practitioner featured significantly in the final multiple regression analysis.
▪ Multiple stepwise regression analysis was also applied.
▪ For example, applying this analysis to mental and different kinds of practical tests produces the following scheme shown in Table 2.1.
▪ It is possible, however, to continue to apply our usual analysis in one special but useful case.
▪ In this book the author gives an overview of flow injection analysis as applied to the analysis of pharmaceuticals and related products.
▪ From this point we can apply our usual analysis.
▪ Does this enable the court to take into account the comparative social utility of the product and apply a cost-benefit analysis?
▪ What has remained from my original reaction is a concern that Mills failed to apply his type of analysis to local communities.
▪ Young's scheme is theoretical; it has not yet been applied to the analysis of case material from this country.
▪ By applying heightened equal protection analysis to this case, the Court frustrates the liberating spirit of the Equal Protection Clause.
▪ Maturation studies, based on geochemical analysis, demonstrate that gas-generative maturity is largely dependent on Jurassic burial.
▪ The following summary is based on her analysis.
▪ The two subgroups represent real 16S variants based on analysis of secondary structure.
▪ Also, when decisions based on that analysis process are made, they get implemented rather than lost in the functional silos.
▪ So our gains in youth work have been marked by surges of confidence based on a developing analysis.
▪ Three decades later, free-thinker James Lovelock arrived at the same conclusions based on his telescopic analysis of other planets.
▪ It is hoped eventually to suggest training improvements based upon the analysis of selling skills.
▪ First, such a work construct should be based on the analysis of activity, not states of mind.
▪ No single function can carry out such an analysis reliably.
▪ Do you have the necessary resources to carry out the workflow analysis and business process re-engineering?
▪ No-one appeared to carry out an analysis of pupils' needs.
▪ This team carries out information-related analysis and programming for all teaching and non-teaching departments.
▪ Discuss how your analysis would have been altered if you were carrying out the analysis on behalf of a prospective shareholder.
▪ Clarity about the nature of the task involved can be achieved by carrying out a task analysis.
▪ The system provides operators with detailed real-time analysis of the status of all of their fleets.
▪ Neither of these seems to be a show-stopper, but both factors must be taken into account in a detailed economic analysis.
▪ Further detailed analysis of the evidence in Table 5.13 is prevented by data constraints.
▪ The mass is assumed to be inactive politically and is rarely subjected to detailed analysis.
▪ The inaccessible lesions were included in the final analysis as the aim was to evaluate this procedure according to the intention to treat.
▪ Also included was the analysis of the Hagelin B-21 1 Cryptograph.
▪ Since the modifications were only slight, data from the piloting stage were included in the final analysis.
▪ Products are available that do character recognition and handwriting analysis, including analysis of complex characters.
▪ Studies include analysis of the genetics of growth using laboratory animals and of quantitative production traits in livestock.
▪ Data from these two patients are included in the statistical analysis of the diagnostic anorectal manometry, as they were incontinent.
▪ Applications include materials analysis in thin film, thick film, insulators, semiconductors, ceramics, metals and alloys.
▪ Only taxa with complete 16S rDNA sequences were included in the analysis.
▪ As a multi-skilled employee, her shifts involve chemical analysis, production monitoring and work as a colourist.
▪ Step 3 involves the analysis and interpretation of the numerical information developed in Step 2.
▪ The research will involve analysis of legal documentation, synthesis of existing research and interviews with representatives of interest groups.
▪ However, if the study involves quantitative analysis of data, then some discussion is in order.
▪ Conceptual clustering involves more detailed analysis of relationships between traits.
▪ This approach is broadly statistical in nature, as it involves corpus analysis to determine the empirical likelihood of various syntactic combinations.
▪ In summary, the key to understanding society from a Marxist perspective involves an analysis of the infrastructure.
▪ It should be on the shelve of all analysts involved in regulatory compliance analysis of metals.
▪ To explore the mode of inheritance further we performed a complex segregation analysis.
▪ A major problem with the approach adopted is that there is not enough detail to allow you to actually perform the analysis.
▪ The first approach is to perform syntactic analysis first then have a second pass convert the syntactic tree to a semantic representation.
▪ It is therefore important to be able to perform discrete sensitivity analysis and to handle lower bounds.
▪ Moreover, to be able to perform a reliable statistical analysis the sample size must be considerably larger.
▪ Unfortunately this method has a number of drawbacks, notably the time taken to perform the analysis.
▪ I Charreau, who prepared the randomisation list and performed the intermediate analysis.
▪ The results are sent to the agency which then provides a statistical analysis of all results to each participating laboratory.
▪ Sir Robin and Judy Laybourne will be providing news and analysis of the region's political scene.
▪ A range of third party applications is also available, providing analysis capabilities and visual displays.
▪ Four main strategies have been utilized to provide the data for analysis via a sequence such as that indicated in Figure 3.1.
▪ The written press provides back-up, analysis and in-depth knowledge but rarely encourages or inspires people.
▪ It will provide a systematic analysis of the issues involved in three ways.
▪ This, in turn, provides a basis for analysis of case-mix and volume and their subsequent management.
▪ A culture is very much like the experimental space used in the analysis of behavior.
▪ Our findings are intended not to replace, but to supplement other materials used for the analysis of political systems.
▪ We can use multiple regression analysis to discover the relative influence of these factors on perceptions.
▪ These kinds of questions also underscore the importance of defining with precision the concepts that we use in political analysis.
▪ He used Pareto analysis to identify the principal cause as a loose loading arm.
▪ This was the sample used for the analysis of birth weight, gestational age, and respiratory symptoms.
▪ The two are aiming to develop three demonstrators for advanced pattern recognition systems that could be used for data analysis.
▪ The Department of Health has signalled its intention to review the formula in the light of 1991 census data, again using small area analysis.
comparative study/analysis etc
▪ All the topics covered would have to be placed in context but there would be no, say, comparative studies.
▪ Other recent examples of comparative studies are those of Lowe - independent study modules and lecture tours, in 1981.
▪ She said a comparative study of about 15, 000 randomly selected Gulf War veterans is planned for the near future.
▪ Space and resources preclude an exhaustive or even an extensive comparative study in this work.
▪ The comparative study of institutions is not new in political science.
▪ The comparative study of kinship terminologies is one of the longest established traditions in academic anthropology.
▪ Thus, the comparative analysis of achievable stopping patterns by bus, light rail and suburban rail is well done.
cost-benefit analysis/study/approach
▪ Any careful cost-benefit analysis will show that every social practice and institution has limitations and presents difficulties as well as opportunities.
▪ Does this enable the court to take into account the comparative social utility of the product and apply a cost-benefit analysis?
▪ Easing actions were subject to an instant cost-benefit analysis.
▪ Economists have long been calling for safety regulations to be subject to cost-benefit analysis.
▪ Environmental intangibles have been built into the cost-benefit analysis in the same way as they are for road schemes.
▪ Few laws require cost-benefit analysis for new rules and many actively prohibit it.
▪ The port should have the results of a cost-benefit analysis within 120 days, Bowman said.
▪ The third approach to merger policy is the cost-benefit approach.
defy description/analysis/belief etc
▪ His changeable features, his tones, gestures and expressions seemed to defy descriptions.
▪ His swerve was something that defied analysis; just as it defied attempts to counter it.
▪ It defies belief and makes you question exactly who the law is protecting here: the sick minds or their young victims?
▪ Like the secret of Stradivari's varnish, this extra dimension defies analysis.
▪ The dam defied description; it defied belief.
▪ Two other women lay upon the counter a pickle-bottle and a glass vessel of a kind which altogether defies description.
▪ Yet other species exhibit variation patterns that defy analysis of the sophistication of present-day biology.
▪ An analysis of data from Australia shows that skin cancer is on the increase.
▪ In the final analysis, it is the better organized party that will probably win.
▪ Our analysis shows that proposed cost for the new highway is unrealistic.
▪ The article provides a detailed analysis of various research designs.
▪ A more accurate analysis of ulcer recurrence can be derived using lifetable analysis.
▪ Bringing these out in the open and subjecting them to scrutiny and analysis will yield fruitful results.
▪ In 1984 primiparous women over 35 were too few for analysis.
▪ In terms of the analysis of the previous section, the imperfect industry shares become free to vary.
▪ Just sitting down together as a family to draft an agreement can encourage analysis and co-operation.
▪ Phonological analysis also interacts with syntactic and semantic analysis.
▪ Such an inquiry could have produced serious questions and a thorough analysis regarding the precepts of Centralism that underlay the entire scheme.
▪ This type of analysis is helpful to agency creative people, but has practical limitations.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mathematics \Math`e*mat"ics\, n. [F. math['e]matiques, pl., L. mathematica, sing., Gr. ? (sc. ?) science. See Mathematic, and -ics.] That science, or class of sciences, which treats of the exact relations existing between quantities or magnitudes, and of the methods by which, in accordance with these relations, quantities sought are deducible from other quantities known or supposed; the science of spatial and quantitative relations. Note: Mathematics embraces three departments, namely:

  1. Arithmetic.

  2. Geometry, including Trigonometry and Conic Sections.

  3. Analysis, in which letters are used, including Algebra, Analytical Geometry, and Calculus. Each of these divisions is divided into pure or abstract, which considers magnitude or quantity abstractly, without relation to matter; and mixed or applied, which treats of magnitude as subsisting in material bodies, and is consequently interwoven with physical considerations.


Analysis \A*nal"y*sis\, n.; pl. Analyses. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to unloose, to dissolve, to resolve into its elements; ? up + ? to loose. See Loose.]

  1. A resolution of anything, whether an object of the senses or of the intellect, into its constituent or original elements; an examination of the component parts of a subject, each separately, as the words which compose a sentence, the tones of a tune, or the simple propositions which enter into an argument. It is opposed to synthesis.

  2. (Chem.) The separation of a compound substance, by chemical processes, into its constituents, with a view to ascertain either

    1. what elements it contains, or

    2. how much of each element is present. The former is called qualitative, and the latter quantitative analysis.

  3. (Logic) The tracing of things to their source, and the resolving of knowledge into its original principles.

  4. (Math.) The resolving of problems by reducing the conditions that are in them to equations.

    1. A syllabus, or table of the principal heads of a discourse, disposed in their natural order.

    2. A brief, methodical illustration of the principles of a science. In this sense it is nearly synonymous with synopsis.

  5. (Nat. Hist.) The process of ascertaining the name of a species, or its place in a system of classification, by means of an analytical table or key.

    Ultimate, Proximate, Qualitative, Quantitative, and Volumetric analysis. (Chem.) See under Ultimate, Proximate, Qualitative, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, "resolution of anything complex into simple elements" (opposite of synthesis), from Medieval Latin analysis (15c.), from Greek analysis "a breaking up, a loosening, releasing," noun of action from analyein "unloose, release, set free; to loose a ship from its moorings," in Aristotle, "to analyze," from ana "up, throughout" (see ana-) + lysis "a loosening," from lyein "to unfasten" (see lose). Psychological sense is from 1890. Phrase in the final (or last) analysis (1844), translates French en dernière analyse.


n. (context countable English) decomposition into components in order to study (a complex thing, concept, theory...).

  1. n. an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole

  2. the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations [syn: analytic thinking] [ant: synthesis]

  3. a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed

  4. the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father'

  5. a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation

  6. a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis" [syn: psychoanalysis, depth psychology]

  7. [also: analyses (pl)]

Analysis (radio programme)

Analysis is a BBC Radio 4 current affairs programme which has been running for more than 40 years, and is currently broadcast in a half-hour format.

Analysis (disambiguation)

Analysis is the process of observing and breaking down a complex topic or substance into smaller parts to gain a better understanding of it.

Analysis may also refer to:

  • Analysis (journal), a major international journal of philosophy
  • Analysis (radio programme), a half-hour BBC Radio 4 documentary programme
  • Market analysis, the study of the attractiveness and the dynamics of a market within an industry.
  • Mathematical analysis
  • Philosophical analysis
  • Political feasibility analysis
  • Psychoanalysis

Analysis is the process of breaking a complex topic or substance into smaller parts in order to gain a better understanding of it. The technique has been applied in the study of mathematics and logic since before Aristotle (384–322 B.C.), though analysis as a formal concept is a relatively recent development.

The word comes from the Ancient Greek ἀνάλυσις (analysis, "a breaking up", from ana- "up, throughout" and lysis "a loosening").

As a formal concept, the method has variously been ascribed to Alhazen, René Descartes ( Discourse on the Method), and Galileo Galilei. It has also been ascribed to Isaac Newton, in the form of a practical method of physical discovery (which he did not name).

Analysis (journal)

Analysis is a peer-reviewed academic journal of philosophy established in 1933 that is published quarterly by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Analysis Trust. Prior to January 2009, the journal was published by Blackwell Publishing. Electronic access to this journal is available via JSTOR (1933–1998), Wiley InterScience (1996–2008), and Oxford Journals (2009-present). The journal publishes short, concise articles in virtually any field of the analytic tradition (except for primarily historical ones).

Usage examples of "analysis".

Layer upon layer, the cumulative effect of his painstaking and detailed analysis is to suggest that we are deluding ourselves when we suppose that accurate instruments for measuring longitude were not invented until the eighteenth century.

He sat there in the office, tapping at the computer as he wrung the cost analyses out of it, adding variables, removing the more unlikely ones, inserting market projections and probable effects on other affiliated firms of the company.

The analytic of man is not a resumption of the analysis of discourse as constituted elsewhere and handed down by tradition.

In an analysis that is over thirty years old and conducted long before we developed the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile and early-mobilization program, the World Health Organization estimated in 1970 that the release of aerosolized anthrax over a densely populated area with 5 million people could result in 250,000 casualties, 100,000 of whom would die unless treated.

Analysis and Valuation of the more important Chemicals used in Paper Making, including Lime, Caustic Soda, Sodium Carbonate, Mineral Acids, Bleach Antichlor, Alum, Rosin and Rosin Size, Glue Gelatin and Casein, Starch, China Clay, Blanc Fixe, Satin White and other Loading Materials, Mineral Colours and Aniline Dyes.

In the lesson on the rule for conversion of fractions to equivalent fractions with different denominators, the pupils could not possibly apperceive, or analyse, the examples as suggested under the head of selection, or analysis, without at the same time implicitly abstracting and generalizing.

Expedited Analysis, Kelly-Holmes Approximation Method: Subject does not possess and does not believe in the Search Object.

Several scholars have undertaken symbolic analysis of the evolution of this archetypal figure from its first appearance as the male consort of the Great Mother.

Paul Pillar, who coordinated intelligence analysis for the Near East and South Asia, was at this moment completing a report that Cheney had commissioned in the spring, assessing postinvasion Iraq.

Hence, according to the selection effected among concepts, and the relative weight which is attributed to them, we get the antinomies between which a philosophy of analysis must for ever remain oscillating and torn in sunder.

This mission had initially been a simple one involving astrography charting and stellar analysis.

Usually she was far ahead of him in her shrewd analysis of the astronaut program, and her witty observations on the other men of the Solid Six were startling in their perceptions.

For instance, if the student intent upon his problem in analysis does not notice the flickering light, the playing of the piano, or the smell of the burning meat breaking in upon him, it is because this problem occupies the centre of the attentive field.

An intelligence officer assigned to the Office of Management Analysis, he had met McCoy during a covert operation staged by Banning in China before the war.

Upon further analysis, a weekly dose of specified minerals matching precisely those found in the benthos were prescribed, and sure enough the spells soon went away.