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cross-sectional analysis

Definition of Cross-sectional Analysis

(noun) The analysis of data collected from a single moment in time.

Example of Cross-sectional Analysis

Cross-sectional Analysis Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: cross sec·tion·al a·nal·y·sis

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /krAWs-sEk-shuh-nuhl uh-nAl-uh-sis/
  • British English – /kros-sEk-shuh-nuhl uh-nAl-i-sis/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /krɔs-ˈsɛkʃənəl əˈnæləsəs/
  • British English – /krɒs-ˈsɛkʃnəl əˈnæləsɪs/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: cross-sectional analyses
  • Variant spelling:
    • cross sectional analysis
    • crosssectional analysis
  • Also called synchronic analysis.

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Contributor: C. E. Seaman

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Cite the Definition of Cross-sectional Analysis

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Seaman, C. E. 2015. “cross-sectional analysis.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Retrieved September 30, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/cross-sectional-analysis/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

Seaman, C. E. (2015). cross-sectional analysis. In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/cross-sectional-analysis/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Seaman, C. E. 2015. “cross-sectional analysis.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Accessed September 30, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/cross-sectional-analysis/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

Seaman, C. E. “cross-sectional analysis.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 30 Sep. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/cross-sectional-analysis/>.