Reasons we do analysis

We can consider several reasons that we “do analysis” – some that have been listed include:

  1. Description (descriptive analysis)
  2. Exploration (exploratory analysis)
  3. Inference (as in inductive inference – inferential analysis)
  4. Prediction (a form of inferential – predictive analysis)
  5. Causation (a form of inferential – causal analysis)
  6. Mechanism (a form of inferential – mechanistic analysis)

But at the end of the day there is really one reason we “do analysis.” We analyze for knowledge. Analysis is a bridge between the empirical and the rationale. From the sensory observations to the mental models.