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The analysis and interpretation of Public Service data from secondary sources
Data Analysis and Interpretation

Data Analysis and Interpretation

In order to use data to produce reasoned conclusions it needs to be analysed and interpreted.

In simple terms to 'analyse' means to sift through data and to pick out the important points.

You 'interpret' data when you explain what the data means in a way which is different from the format in which it was first presented.

Data can be presented in many different forms. We are going to concentrate on the four presentation types that you are most likely to encounter:

It is sometimes not easy to treat all of these as separate formats, for example, tables are often produced from data held in databases and graphs are often the product of spreadsheets.

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