I would like to know, or have references on, analysis process most of statistical data analysts go through for each data analysis project.

If I make a "list", to complete data analysis project, an analyst has to:

- first collect requirements for the project,
- plan/design his data analysis based on those requirements before
- actually pre-processing data,
- executing the data analysis and
- writing a report based on his analysis results.

For this question, I am interested in more details of Step 2. But I understand this is not practically clear cut as the analyst might have to change his plan or design according to data analysis output. Is there any reference on this subject?

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#### Best Answer

My favorite "plan" or "list" is Scott Emerson's document Organizing Your Approach to a Data Analysis.

Note: the last two pages are under the heading "General Requirements for Ph.D. Applied Exam" but the advice given there generalizes to working on any analysis problem.

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