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Analysis is the process of breaking a complex topic or substance into smaller parts to gain a better understanding of it. The technique has been applied in the study of mathematics and logic since before Aristotle (384–322 B.C.), though analysis as a formal concept is a relatively recent development.[1]

In the laboratory world, an analysis is typically one complete sequence of events, from taking a sample aliquot and preparation through to a final measurement, defined as part of one method.[2]


  1. Beaney, Michael (7 April 2003). "Analysis". The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University Center for the Study of Language and Information. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  2. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (6 July 2011). "SEDD Specification 5.2 Resources". Retrieved 20 May 2014.