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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-40

Types of data, methods of collection, handling and distribution

1 Department of Anaesthesia, Dharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Anaesthesia, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
3 Department of Anaesthesia, Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences, Ballari, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain, Tata Memorial Hospital, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Umesh Goneppanavar
Dharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Dharwad, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ARWY.ARWY_11_19

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Statistics is assumed to be a tough nut to crack by novices and young researchers mainly because of the lack of understanding of the fundamentals. This article describes the types of data and the methods for compiling the raw data in an orderly fashion, followed by appropriate handling of the collected data to ensure completeness and quality. Once the data are entered into statistical software, distribution of the data should be assessed to apply appropriate statistical tests. Since the type and nature of distribution of data are the main determinants of the type of statistical test to be applied, researchers should have a thorough understanding of these aspects to help derive meaningful outcome from their research.

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