What is analysis?

  • (noun): A branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Analysis

Analysis is the process of breaking a complex topic or substance into smaller parts to gain a better understanding of it. The technique has been applied in the study of mathematics and logic since before Aristotle (384–322 B.C.), though analysis as a formal concept is a relatively recent development.

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Surface Science - Analysis Techniques
... The study and analysis of surfaces involves both physical and chemical analysis techniques ... ion mass spectrometry, Dual polarization interferometry, and other surface analysis methods included in the list of materials analysis methods ... Modern physical analysis methods include scanning-tunneling microscopy (STM) and a family of methods descended from it ...
Object-based Image Analysis
... Object-Based Image Analysis (OBIA) – also Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis (GEOBIA) – "is a sub-discipline of geoinformation science devoted to (...) partitioning remote sensing (RS) imagery into meaningful ... has spawned separate subfields of digital image analysis, with a large collection of specialized algorithms and concepts—and with their own journals, conferences ...
The Tombs Of Atuan - Analysis
... Ged, while still a young man, is portrayed here as much wiser than in the first book ... When Tenar asks him about the scar on his face, caused by the Shadow creature that he unleashed, he replies that it is the result of his foolishness in the past - his ambition has been tempered with experience ...
Analysis - Applicants - Other
... Aura analysis – a technique in which supporters of the method claim that the body's aura, or energy field is analyzed Bowling analysis – a notation ...
Rhapsody In Blue - Music Analysis - Analysis
... The opening of Rhapsody in Blue is written as a clarinet trill followed by a legato 17-note rising diatonic scale ... During a rehearsal, Whiteman's virtuoso clarinetist, Ross Gorman, rendered the upper portion of the scale as a captivating (and fully trombone-like) glissando Gershwin heard it and insisted that it be repeated in the performance ...

More definitions of "analysis":

  • (noun): The abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations.
    Synonyms: analytic thinking
  • (noun): A form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed.
  • (noun): An investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole.
  • (noun): A set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud.
    Synonyms: psychoanalysis, depth psychology
  • (noun): The use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., 'the father of the bride' instead of 'the bride's father'.

Famous quotes containing the word analysis:

    Analysis as an instrument of enlightenment and civilization is good, in so far as it shatters absurd convictions, acts as a solvent upon natural prejudices, and undermines authority; good, in other words, in that it sets free, refines, humanizes, makes slaves ripe for freedom. But it is bad, very bad, in so far as it stands in the way of action, cannot shape the vital forces, maims life at its roots. Analysis can be a very unappetizing affair, as much so as death.
    Thomas Mann (1875–1955)