descriptive study



A statistical study to identify patterns or trends in a situation, but not the causal linkages among its different elements. Descriptive studies (such as a cross-sectional study) help in generating hypothesis on which further research may be based.

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  • When you are looking at a descriptive study you need to be able to accurately break down what the data is telling you.

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  • The descriptive study was done without any flaws and I was proud of my students for being able to do it.

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  • The descriptive study provided useful information to the team of research scientists who were presented with the new and relevant findings.

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