Statistical methods of descriptive analysis are especially suitable for analysing quantitative data. They include counting frequencies, analysis of percentage distributions and comparison of averages. Descriptive analyses aims to present available data clearly in tables and diagrams, describing it and ordering it.
The available data is subjected to validation through a descriptive analysis and the first interpretations of content can be undertaken.
Save and store copies of the raw data. This enables one to go back to the original data if material is changed during analysis.