Data Interpretation Basics

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Data interpretation is one of the most important topics asked in most of the competitive examinations. These types of questions asked relates to data present in the form of a graph, pie, line charts, etc. Questions are generally asked according to the data given or shown in the diagram. It requires good skills in aptitude to analyze and solve these problems. Let us understand clearly what is data interpretation from its basics

What is Data?

Data is nothing but the information, or in a definition, it can be defined as a collection of facts gathered together to give some information.

What is Data Interpretation?

Data interpretation means organizing and interpreting or explaining the data to get significant information.

Data interpretation problems can be solved easily by practicing tricks and tips along with mastering the following three topics:

Types of Data Interpretation

1. Line Graphs/ X-Y charts
2. Tables
3. Bar Graph
4. Pie Charts

Tips and tricks for Data Interpretation Basics

First of all, before going through the data given, just read all the asked questions quickly. Now, you get some idea about the topic given.

• Try to analyze the data given

Start going through the data given and analyze it carefully by keeping the questions in mind.

• Don’t make assumptions

While answering the questions, try not to make any assumptions. Answer it when you completely believe that it is right. If you answer with assumptions there is a chance to get negative marks.(In negative marking cases)

• The Approximation of values can be considered

While doing calculations, for making simplification easier go for considering approximate values.

• Learn to make calculations fast and maintain accuracy

Instead of using calculators or lengthy methods while simplification, try to make calculations in your mind. Initially, it may take some time but after practicing regularly you can master it. Everybody can solve a problem but those who have time management and efficiency are worthy to crack the exam and be out of the race.

• Identify the questions that are time-consuming and skip them

Try to identify the questions which are time-consuming even though you believe that you can get the answer leave them because of lengthy calculations. It may waste your time and make you miss to solve simple questions which are leftover next to them.  If you have time after covering all the questions then come back to such questions and give an attempt.

• Master these techniques by practicing regularly on different model questions

Once you have all the concepts of data interpretation in your mind, get clarity on those topics by solving different example problems. Now, start applying your knowledge on Data Interpretation to solve different model questions and then try to solve previous year question papers.