Define Tabulation. What is a Table? Describe the essential parts of a table.
Tabulation is a systematic and logical presentation of data so that it is easily understandable and comparable.
- Presentation in Simplified Form: Tabulation presents the data in a systematic and simplified form so that it is easily understandable to a common man.
- Trend and Pattern of Data: Tabulation discloses the trend and pattern of data.
- Economy in Space and Time: Tabulation eliminates unnecessary and irrelevant details and presents the meaningful information only. It saves space and time.
- Comparison: Tabulation facilitates comparison of data.
- Statistical Analysis: Tabulation facilitates statistical analysis by the use of averages, dispersion, correlation etc.
A table is a method of presentation of statistical data systematically arranged in rows and columns.
The essential parts of a table:
- Title: Every table must have a suitable title at the top of the table so that the reader gets an idea about the contents of table.
- Table Number: Every table should be serially numbered so that it becomes easier for reference in future.
- Head Notes: Head note refers to brief statement for explaining any points not included in the heading.
- Captions and Stubs: Captions and stubs are heading for the vertical columns and horizontal rows in a table respectively.
- Body of the Table: Body of the table contains the numerical information which is presented to the users.