Methodology and statistics are interdisciplinary fields, as they relate to all forms of behavioural, biomedical and social research.
Methodology concentrates on central issues in research design and data collection, with the focus on improving the quality of empirical research. Statistics concentrates on data analysis. Complex theories and research designs that are currently used call for advanced analysis methods. In turn, those require mastery of the statistical foundations of these methods, and training in their skilled use.
Methodology and statistics are strongly intertwined. Modern social, biomedical and behavioural research uses highly advanced quantitative methods, while at the same time, no amount of statistics can compensate for fundamental flaws in a study's design or data collection. Thus, specific methodological choices lead to different statistical techniques, and new developments in statistics have implications for the design of research.
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