Parametric studies

The steps of a parametric study are show below.  This type of research is conducted when a potential problem has been identified, but there is not enough information to create a research question to investigate.  It requires inductive reasoning.

A main concern in completing this type of research is in the setup of the parametric study.  The investigator must consider as many potential variables as possible to fully understand the phenomena being studied.  Any parameters omitted may prevent the researcher from fully comprehending the problem, or may require that experiments be repeated under other conditions to obtain the missing data, which can cost both time and money. 

After analyzing the data, the researcher can then create one or more hypotheses to investigate more closely.  It is important to note that while parametric studies are vital, and do sometimes lead to publishable results, their primary value is in suggesting hypotheses to be tested in hypothesis driven research.

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