How does the structure of a neighborhood affect how much people drive?
Table of correlations for variables used. Scale is between -1 [blue] and 1 [red]. Red diagonal is where each variable is correlated with itself, so a perfect correlation of 1.
The heavy lifting of my thesis was done with regression modeling, not correlations, this visualization was primarily useful for understanding variable groupings.
Attacking problems by probing large data sets effectively answers the what but this work gave me no insight into the why.
Why do larger percents of people living in family units, for example, decreases the number of average miles driven per person?
I believe one of the greatest strengths of qualitative research is the ability to merge with quantitative data to provide deeper insights into not just what is happening in the world, but why.