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Chapter 3 – Data Handling

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Data is an important component of decision-making. In the previous classes, we learned how to collect and formulate valuable decision-making information from different types of data available to us. 

In this chapter, we are going to learn more about data and data handling. Data handling helps us organise the data in hand, draw inferences from it, and put it in graph forms.

The process of doing the statistical analysis of data in hand is known as Data Handling. We are all constantly handling different types of data in our day to day lives, and especially in the age of social media. Your age, height, body weight, e-mail id, messages, and websites you use to learn and study are diverse forms of data. 

The importance of collecting data and organisation of large scale data can be understood from the fact that these data are used by our government, industries, and various organisations in decisions that prove helpful to us collectively as a society.

The process of collecting data is vital in creating valuable information. To collect data, you need to know what is the purpose of collecting it. The clarity in the purpose of collecting data will lead us to appropriate data, which in turn will give us desired information. 

The collection of data is the primary step in Data Handling

Let us take an example to understand the significance of data collection. Suppose you want to know the average temperature of your city for a week and you go online and find the temperatures of each day of the previous week. After collecting the data when you sit down to calculate your city’s average temperature, you realise the data does not match, and you notice that the temperature you collected is that of your neighbouring city. Thus the entire data you collected is not useful for the decision you wanted to make, i.e. to know your city’s temperature. 

Therefore, it is an essential step to know beforehand the goal for which the data is being collected.

The organisation of data is the most important step in handling data. Data handling is collecting, tabulating and, lastly, organising this data. The organisation of data allows us to make the data useful to us to make any decision and understand the information. 

Why is it important to organise data? Because the organisation of data helps us to interpret and understand data. Proper organisation of data allows us to make easy decisions, draw meaningful conclusions and re-use the data collected by us. 

You may have seen your report card is always in tabular form, and so is the menu at your favourite restaurant; this is an example of the organisation of data. In fact, most of the data we come across is found in tabular form.

The representative value of data shows us the central tendency of a group of data or observations. Different forms of data require different forms of representative or central value to explain or describe it.

  • Arithmetic Mean
    Arithmetic mean is one of the most common forms of representative value of a group of data.
    The average arithmetic mean can be defined as follows.
    Arithmetic mean = Sum of observations number of observations
  • Range
    When we subtract the lowest observation from the highest observation of data, we get as a result Range of the data.
    Range gives us an idea of the spread of information.
  • Median
    When any data is arranged in an increasing or decreasing order, the value that lies in the middle of the data is the median.
    Thus in any given situation, the median of a data will have half of the data above it and half of the data below it.

In the previous chapters, we have seen that a bar graph represents data, using bars. The length of these bars depends on the frequency and scale we have chosen. Bar graphs serve the purpose of comparing the collected data effectively.

Data Handling is thus a process of assimilation and organisation of data. In this chapter, we learnt that data is the most important component of data handling and that different data types of data require different representative values.

  1. What is data in data handling in maths?
    Data in data handling refers to information collected individually; it is information about a collective system.
  2. What are the types of data handling?
    Different types of data handling are

      • Bar graph
      • Histogram
      • Stem and leaf plots
      • Dot plots
      • Frequency distribution
      • Cumulative tables and graphs
      • Line graph 
      • Pictograph 
  3. How do you introduce data handling?
    The systematic organisation of data gathered, to make it useful and meaningful is known as data handling.
  4. What is data handling in maths class 7?
    Data handling as per maths in class seven is the process of collection and recording of data. Data thus collected and organised meaningfully helps us draw inferences and make decisions. 
  5. What is data, and how many types of data?
    In simple terms, data is the raw and unorganised form of information; Data is a set of values of a subject with respect to qualitative and quantitative variables.The different types of data are as follows:
        • Primary data
        • Secondary data
        • Categorical data
        • Cross-sectional data
        • Time series data
        •  Ordered data
        • Spatial data

 Some other types of data are: 

        • Qualitative data
        • Quantitative data

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