Comparative approach in research

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One of my profs always used to say ‘never compare apples with oranges’ when you implement comparative approach in your research. This is so true and relevant in real life too.
When you do comparative analysis in research:
1. Understand what is being compared –  Compare like quantities. Don’t compare 1 liter of water to 10 kg of salt. A better comparison would be 1 liter of water v/s 4 liters of milk.
2. Think contextual – In a particular context, how does the two things being compared behave. For example, in a place with 10 degrees temperature, how do two people who have lived only in a warm place for the same number of years behave.
This method can minimize errors in your research and help find a more accurate answer to the problem statement.
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