# Problem formulation far more often essential than solution

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"The formulation of a problem is far more often essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill" illustrates the following which I want you to expand on:

1) Planning and Designing is often the most important step of s research process. The way you design and collect your data is more important than the analysis of the data and subsequent interpretation of the result of the analyses. Anybody with the knowledge of the software and the right equation can get the results but it takes a planner and designer to correctly interpret an output. For instance, I may give you a data and with your knowledge of EXCEL (or even with help from the internet), you can get the regression equation. You did not participate in the research design and data collection (or you took no time to study the design of the data). So although you can get the results, you cannot be sure if the analytic model used is the right one, let alone interpreting the output with respect to the data. And, you may not be well apt to analyze the data completely and convincingly. Planning and designing ensures that the analysis is correct from inception since these are often the first steps in experimentation.

There is this quote, "Statistical techniques are tools of thought ... not substitutes for thoughts" (Abraham Kaplan).

"To raise new questions, a new possibility, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science."

2) Here Einstein is suggesting that depth is better

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Question:

What is the value of this statement in terms of the research process? What is the relevance and relationship of this statement to the technologically advancing business world? Where do these questions allow us to go?

Einstein's Quote: The formulation of a problem is far more often essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, a new possibility, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.

Solution:

Note: I will break down every sentence in this quote and guide you on how to apply it to answer your questions. Since I will provide just bullet points here, do well to expand on the analysis and apply to other areas. Please, support your analyses with examples.

This part of the quote,

"The formulation of a problem is far more often essential than its solution, ...

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This part of the quote,

"The formulation of a problem is far more often essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill" illustrates the following which I want you to expand on:

1) Planning and Designing is often the most important step of s research process. The way you design and collect your data is more important than the analysis of the data and subsequent interpretation of the result of the analyses.