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Meta-analysis

Description

A meta-analysis statistically combines results of quantitative studies to provide the precise effects of results. In a meta-analysis, the weight of the data extracted from the primary research material of each study is assigned a value based on mathematical criteria that is specified prior to the review.

Common characteristics

  • Statistical techniques are used to combine the findings from primary quantitative research studies.
  • The new dataset is then objectively examined, leading to new insight.
  • Often conducted as part of a systematic review.