Multivariate analysis can be used to identify patterns and relationships in many variables simultaneously, and it can be used in situations where the number of variables you want to analyse is too great to be included in a standard cross-tab (which is also known as bivariate analysis).
By running a multivariate analysis, you can understand the dependence or the interdependence of the variables being analysed. You can learn:
- Why the relationship between the variables exists: what are the mechanisms and processes by which one variable is linked to another?
- The nature of the relationship: is it causal or non-causal?
- How general the relationship is: does it hold for people in general, or is it specific to certain subgroups?
AskiaAnalyse offers several types of multivariate analysis, in two categories (explanatory methods and descriptive methods):
By variable type, as indicated in the diagram above, the available multivariate analyses are as follows (click the name of an analysis type for further information):