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noun [C or U]
/əˈnæləsɪs/ (plural analyses /əˈnæləsiːz/)
the study of something in detail: carry out/perform/conduct an analysis We carried out an analysis of visitors to the website by age, sex, and region.scientific/chemical analysis Chemical analysis revealed a high content of copper.detailed/comprehensive/in-depth analysis The data can be fed to a computer for detailed analysis. statistical/structural/numerical analysis
someone's opinion, based on the knowledge and information they have, of what a situation is and what it means: I was interested in Clare's analysis of the quarterly sales figures. What's your analysis of the current economic crisis?
in the last/final analysis after everything has been considered: In the final analysis, you've got to have some kind of criteria for assessing people.
→ See also break-even analysis, certificate of analysis, cluster analysis, competitive analysis, cost-benefit analysis, credit analysis, critical path method, economic analysis, factor analysis, financial analysis, gap analysis, industry analysis, job analysis, life cycle analysis, market analysis, Pareto analysis, PEST analysis, ratio analysis, regression analysis, risk analysis, sales analysis, sensitivity analysis, strategic analysis, structural analysis, technical analysis, training needs analysis
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