Quantitative research methods are vital in every kind of research and this is why you must be able to identify the types of quantitative questions that you can use to make sure that you will be able to support the research study that you are conducting the right way. You see, the types of quantitative questions can serve as a guideline for you to be able to not miss a single detail about the quantitative values and data that can help you establish an effective and efficient research.
The descriptive types of quantitative questions are the ones that have the goal of being able to describe the topics that you are trying to study. You see, when it comes to the types of quantitative questions, descriptive will pertains to exact numbers and amounts that will be able to explain phenomena that is related to your study. A good example of the descriptive types of quantitative questions would be “how often do you drink coffee?” As mentioned above, this will have a numerical answer that will describe the question, so the answer can be “1” or “2” or “3” or so on. Remember that sometimes you will have to ask about percentages too. This is normal and they belong to these types of quantitative questions.
The comparative types of quantitative questions pertain to the questions that are meant to compare and contrast values that are necessary for your study. Of course, you must get the data or numbers of different entities that are related to your study to be able to compare one to the other. A good example of these comparative types of quantitative questions is “How many photos do you post in your social media account in the span of a week?” As explained above, the answer will be used to compare and hence there will be two answers for these questions – Male “5”, Females “10”. Then you will be able to conclude that the female upload more photos in their social media accounts in the span of a week. They do it twice as more than men do.
The relationship types of quantitative questions pertain to questions that are asked to show the relationship of the factors that are involved in the research study. You see, there are many different kinds of questions that can be asked to show these things that will render numerical answers. Sometimes, these questions will even show the relationship between cause and effect pertaining to the factors relating to the research study. Among all the three, these are the types of quantitative questions that are not often used and seen. This is because of the fact that these are questions that the people who are at a master’s degree level of education ask and use in their research studies as they can indeed become complicated. Just always remember that these are the questions that are used to be able to determine the relationships and associations of the variables and factors that are involved in the study.