Using quantitative accounts in my qualitative study: does it necessitate hypothesis formulation at the beginning of the study

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    nadiaa
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    dear all,

    The primary data of my qualitative study consist in a video record I analyse using CA. If I provide descriptive frequency account of a recurrent phenomenon (that i noticed when writing the transcript, i.e., emerged from the data itself) under the form of numerical data , am I obliged to formulate, at the begining of the study, hypotheses about the coded categories  identified in the frequency accounts?

    YOUR ANSWERS WILL BE VERY HELPFUL.

    NK

     

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    Jeremy Miles
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    No.

     

    Lots of interesting quantitative information comes without a hypothesis test.  Examples from my own area(s) of research:

     

    What proportion of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans have mental health problems.

    What percentage of middle school kids drink alcohol regularly.

     

    No hypothesis there, but knowing the results is interesting.

     

     

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