Interpreting Data

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Interpreting Data is a multi-step process
requiring the use mathematical processes.

To interpret data a researcher must have the following skills:

  • Facility with the base ten number system.
  • An understanding of how symbols can be used to represent quantities.
  • Knowledge of how to read and interpret quantitative information presented in any number of forms.
  • Familiarity with rudimentary statistical notions and the ability to critically examine any statistics cited as evidence for an argument or expression of a point of view.
  • The ability to read and interpret information organized in tables and charts or displayed as graphs.
Interpreting data requires the ability to translate, organize and store quantitative information.


The meaning of a particular set of data must be communicated in such a way that it can be understood by others.