What Is Presenting Data?

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In the field of math, data presentation is the method by which people summarize, organize and communicate information using a variety of tools, such as diagrams, distribution charts, histograms and graphs. The methods used to present mathematical data vary widely. Common presentation modes including coding data, data analysis, drawing diagrams, boxplots, tables, pie charts and histograms.

The best methods to use for presenting data vary depending on the type of information, volume and complexity of data and the audience. Coding data is typically used to give numerical numbers to measurements that do not automatically have numbers assigned to them. Coding data is used to make categories of information, such as gender, a mathematical equivalent. Coding data is typically used to present non-mathematical values as numbers through electronic means. This type of data representation is most useful for mathematicians who must enter information into computer systems before it is analyzed.

Stem-and-leaf diagrams are popular types of data representation used to create a visual image of the mathematical information that mathematicians wish to convey. This information may include numbers that correspond to human age or date of birth. Frequency charts are types of data representation used to organize and quantify data in a certain order depending on frequency of occurrence.