comparative analysis

  

Definition

The item-by-item comparison of two or more comparable alternatives, processes, products, qualifications, sets of data, systems, or the like. In accounting, for example, changes in a financial statement's items over several accounting periods may be presented together to detect the emerging trends in the company's operations and results. See also comparability analysis.

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  • The comparative analysis was especially useful as each example served as a great guide or template for understanding the other.

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  • By using comparative analysis, Sarah decided that instead of selling her stock in the company, she would buy more, as it proved to be the more profitable of the two options.

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  • We conducted a comparative analysis of the data we received that day and were really shocked with what we found.

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