6.1.3 Simple Relationships in Summary

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That’s all there is to the analysis of simple relationships. If you’ve followed the

argument and practised all the exercises, I suppose you could be forgiven for

thinking how tedious and pedantic all this computation is! But, actually, it’s

not really like that.

As you start using grids with interviewees, you’ll soon get into the habit of

spotting the relationships on the hoof, without having to do all of these

calculations.

(a) Your process analysis will alert you to the particular elements and

constructs whose relationship to others is worth paying particular

attention to.

(b) Your eyeball analysis may confirm these initial impressions, and will lead

you to examine the supplied elements and constructs in particular.

These will be the elements and constructs whose relationship to others you’ll

want to check by a simple relationships analysis, as described in these last two

sections. Ignore the remainder. Spend time on the relationships that you’re

interested in, and no more.

Of course, if you’re being very systematic (for example, if you’re analysing a

grid as part of a research project in which you have to be comprehensive), then

you’ll want to do the full analysis of ‘everything compared with everything’;

but the chances are that, in this situation, you’ll be using a computer with

appropriate software to do all these calculations for you.

In practice, then, it’s rarely that you’ll have to do all the work which you’ve

done hitherto in this chapter. But, if needs be, you can! Furthermore, if you

have plodded through all of the exercises above, you’ll also be in a position to

understand the way in which our next analysis technique works.