From the discussion in Chapter 5 it will be clear that quantitative data is typically produced using a questionnaire that is either interviewer administered or designed for self-completion by the respondent. In either case, the end result will be a large number (often 500 or more) of completed questionnaires containing both precoded and open-ended answers. To combine all the answers and thus make a meaningful summary of responses, there are several stages in the analysis process: data preparation, data processing, computer and statistical analysis and testing. These are discussed in the following subsections.
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