Evidence-Based Software Engineering

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Glossary - survey


A comprehensive research method for collecting information to describe, compare or explain knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. The purpose of a survey is to collect information from a large group of people in a standard and systematic manner and then to seek patterns in the resulting data that can be generalised to the wider population. Surveys can be: descriptive The aim is to find out 'what' the attributes of a particular phenomenon are; explanatory The purpose here is to explain 'why' a particular phenomenon occurs; exploratory Here the survey is used to 'scope' a problem to ensure that a later (fuller) study does not omit any relevant issues. ASE-EVAL Glossary 11

This entry was last updated on 5 August 2008