Quantitative Methods’ Expertise – A Diverse Landscape in Europe and Around the World

Authored by: Elisabete A. Silva

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415727952
eBook ISBN: 9781315851884
Adobe ISBN: 9781317917038

10.4324/9781315851884.ch4.1

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Abstract

It is unquestionable that quantitative research methods (QRM) have an important role in the development of society. The ability to count, to perform arithmetic equations, and to understand algebra and geometry is at the basis of progress in most fields of human activity. Modern knowledge of quantitative methods goes beyond the understanding of applied statistics and equations in themselves to include an understanding of spatial and behavioural factors that can alter results in data collection and/or contribute to its analysis and understanding (i.e., a good design of a questionnaire is as important to the quality of the results as a good understanding of the most appropriate statistics is to analysing/displaying the data distribution resulting from those questionnaires).

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