Research Methodology is meant to provide a broad guideline to facilitate and steer the whole of a research activity in any discipline. With the ambit and amount of research increasing by the day, the need for Research Methodology is being widely appreciated. Against this backdrop, we notice the dearth of well-written books on the subject.
A Guide to Research Methodology attempts a balance between the generic approach to research in any domain and the wide array of research methods which are to be used in carrying out different tasks in any research. Discussions on these research methods appropriate in various disciplines have focused on the research tasks, keeping in mind the fact that a single such task like a comparison among alternatives may involve several methods from seemingly distinct areas.
Unique features of this volume, as will be evident to a discerning reader, include:
- A detailed discussion on problem areas for research in several domains
- An illustrative and ampliated list of research problems drawn from different disciplines which can be pursued by interested research workers
- A comprehensive delineation of Research Design supported by illustrations
- An elaborate engagement with models with a note on model uncertainty
- Focus on recent and emerging models, methods and techniques
- A novel treatment of data analysis where the nature of data and the objective(s) of analysis justify drawing upon a variety of techniques for analysis
This book will serve the purpose of a pre-PhD or a Master-level course-work for students of any discipline with a basic knowledge of quantitative analysis. In fact, anyone aspiring to take up meaningful research work will find the content useful and interesting.
Table of Contents
Research—Objectives and Process. Formulation of Research Problems. Research Design. Collection of Data. Survey Surveys. More about Experimental Designs. Models and Modelling. Data Analysis. Multivariate Data Analysis. Analysis of Dynamic Data. Validation and Communication of Research Findings.
Shyama Prasad Mukherjee is retired as Centenary Professor of Statistics, University of Calcutta , having been involved in teaching, research and promotional work in the areas of Statistics and Operational Research for 40 years. He guided 24 scholars for their Ph.D. degrees in Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering and Management. He has nearly 80 research papers to his credit. He received the Eminent Teacher Award from the Calcutta University (2006), P.C. Mahalanobis Birth Centenary Award from the Indian Science Congress Association (2000) and Sukhatme Memorial Award for Senior Statisticians from the Government of India (2013). A former Vice-President of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS), he is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors, International Statistics Education Centre , ISI, Calcutta.