Data Processing

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After data collection, the researcher has to look after the processing of the data collected. This involves editing, coding, classification and tabulation of data. These steps are interrelated and need to be completed properly.

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DATA PROCESSINGAfter data collection, the researcher has to look after the processing of the data collected. This involves editing, coding, classification and tabulation of data. These steps are interrelated and need to be completed properly. Analysis and interpretation of data are possible only when the data are arranged in an orderly manner. The processing of data is a type of office work which can be attended to by the office staff under the guidance of researcher. The steps involved in the processing of data are as noted below:(1) Preliminary screening of the data collected,(2) Editing of data,(3) Coding of data,(4) Classification of data(5) Tabulation of data.(6) Analysis of data(1) PRELIMINARY SCREENING OF THE DATA COLLECTEDPreliminary screening or scanning of data is prior to the editing. The purpose of initial screening is to verify accuracy and completeness of data for further processing. During the data collection process, supervisors keep check on the data collection work of investigators. Thereafter, the preliminary screening is undertaken at the office level. The screening is usually on the basis of the following three points: (i) Relevance: It is a fact that major portion of data collected through questionnaire is useful for classification. However, certain information may or may not be useful for actual survey work. For example, investigators may note the views, opinions or other details based on their observation during the interview. Such inf

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