chapter  13
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The way ahead

Throughoutalltheprecedingchapterstheconsciousaimhasbeento present,assimplyaspossible,thebasicelementsofawiderangeof statisticaltechniques.Allofthesetechniquesarestandardonesandhave beenwidelyappliedinmanyfieldsofstudy,wheretheyformanessential toolintheanalysisofnumericaldata.Withoutsuchtechniquesthesefields ofstudywouldnothaveprogressedassteadilyandeffectivelyastheyhave done.Theyhaveallowedtheconclusionsofexperimentalorobservational studiestobepresentedinaformthatiscommontoallfieldsthatattempt toexpresstheirresultsquantitatively.Furthermore,theuseofthese methodshelpstoreducetheelementofsubjectivejudgementinsomany ways,thusensuringthatfromthesamesetofdatadifferentworkerswill arriveatroughlythesameconclusion.Inthiswayitispossibleforstudies toberepeatedsothatcross-checkingofresultscanbeeffected,whileit alsomeansthatthementalreasoningbywhichacertainconclusionis arrivedatisclearlyapparenttoalllaterworkers.Thegainsthusinclude greaterclarity,objectivity,orderlinessandprecision.