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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.
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.
- ↑ Beaney, Michael (7 April 2003). "Analysis". The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University Center for the Study of Language and Information. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/analysis/. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- ↑ U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (6 July 2011). "SEDD Specification 5.2 Resources". http://www.epa.gov/fem/seddspec52.htm. Retrieved 20 May 2014.