Data Collection and Presentation

  • Cheng-Few Lee
  • John C. Lee
  • Alice C. Lee


The collection, organization, and presentation of data are basic background material for learning descriptive and inferential statistics and their applications. In this chapter, we first discuss sources of data and methods of collecting them. Then we explore in detail the presentation of data in tables and graphs. Finally, we use both accounting and financial data to show how the statistical techniques discussed in this chapter can be used to analyze the financial condition of a firm and to analyze the recent deterioration of the financial health of the US banking industry. In addition, we use a pie chart to examine how Congress voted on the Gulf Resolution in 1991.


Gross Domestic Product Current Asset Line Chart Inventory Turnover Repeat Question 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheng-Few Lee
    • 1
  • John C. Lee
    • 2
  • Alice C. Lee
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Finance and EconomicsRutgers University Business SchoolPiscatawayUSA
  2. 2.Center for PBBEF ResearchMorrisplainsUSA
  3. 3.BostonUSA

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