quantitative analysis

noun

Definition of quantitative analysis 

: chemical analysis designed to determine the amounts or proportions of the components of a substance

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Using the rat remains for quantitative analysis means that, in locations like these islands, the record can provide hard data about the deep past and show changes across longer periods of time. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Rat Bones Reveal How Humans Transformed Their Island Environments," 7 June 2018 Those with long memories also remember the quantitative analyses that underpinned the hot new asset classes of the past, from dot-com stocks to securitized art. Lionel Laurent, Bloomberg.com, "What Bitcoin Is Really Worth May No Longer Be Such a Mystery," 19 Apr. 2018 John Williams, the Royals’ senior director for quantitative analysis, and baseball operations assistant Michael Cifuentes had preached the benefits of shifting the infield alignment to limit base hits for years. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Jakob Junis, defensive shift prove to be difference-makers in Royals’ first win | The Kansas City Star," 3 Apr. 2018 The gift will be used to renovate and purchase new equipment for the university's introductory chemistry lab, its quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis lab, and its organic lab, according to a news release. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "UNO gets anonymous $1 million gift to upgrade chemistry labs," 27 Feb. 2018 That is also how Frigo and his colleagues at EdjSports feel about using quantitative analysis in the N.F.L., which has yet to fully adopt it. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "How the Eagles Followed the Numbers to the Super Bowl," 2 Feb. 2018 Any quantitative analysis rests on assumptions, and researchers within a particular field often disagree amongst themselves about what assumptions, methods and results are defensible. Anthony Fowler, Washington Post, "Chief Justice Roberts and other judges have a hard time with statistics. That’s a real problem," 31 Oct. 2017 As one of the first hedge funds to embrace quantitative analysis, Bridgewater bases almost all of its trades on algorithms derived from decades of market observations. Alexandra Stevenson And Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio Spreads His Gospel of ‘Radical Transparency’," 8 Sep. 2017

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quantitative analysis

noun

Financial Definition of quantitative analysis

What It Is

Quantitative analysis is the use of math and statistical methods to evaluate investment or business opportunities and make decisions.

How It Works

In portfolio management, quantitative analysis is often used to mathematically determine when to buy or sell securities. Let’s assume you are considering whether to purchase shares of XYZ Company. If you were to consider the company’s cost of capital percentage change in sales over time, or examine trends in net income as a percentage of sales or other ratios, you would be performing quantitative analysis.

Why It Matters

Quantitative analysis is the foundation of a broad array of investment and financial decision-making methods.

However, it is not the only way to determine whether an investment is worthwhile. Many investors, Warren Buffett being one of the most notable, also perform qualitative analysis of companies and investments, whereby things such as the taste of the product, the look of the packaging, relationships with management, and public perception are taken into account.

Sound business judgment often involves incorporating both analytical methods, although there is considerable controversy about how much weight each method should receive when making particular business or investment decisions.

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quantitative analysis

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Medical Definition of quantitative analysis 

: chemical analysis designed to determine the amounts or proportions of the components of a substance

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