Preparing Figures and Tables
The basic fundamental of research methodology is to identify the type of data and its representation in a systematic way.
Data may be represented using figures, tables.
It helps in making the data visually appealing and provides information about a large sample in a concise and understandable way.
Variables may be qualitative or quantitative. Qualitative variables may be continuous, ordinal or nominal. Quantitative variables are continuous or discrete.
Information conveyed by tables and figures may be theoretical or data itself.
Ideal table: (1) Self-explanatory (2) standardised (3) Contains a title (4) Numbered.
Ideal figure: (1) Title (2) Self-explanatory (3) Scale (4) Legends and axes must be labelled.
Understanding the use of table and figures helps collaborate results and prevents their misuse or overuse in scientific papers.