Journal articlesThe language of research (part 13): research methodologies: descriptive statistics —measures of central tendency

The language of research (part 13): research methodologies: descriptive statistics —measures of central tendency

29/06/17 | Research | Peter Ellis

Quantitative studies that use numbers rather than words usually report their findings using one of two forms of statistics (Ellis, 2014). These are known as descriptive statistics, which give some idea of overall numbers, spread of numbers and variability; and inferential statistics, from which conclusions, inferences, are drawn and p values and the like calculated that are more complex to calculate and understand.