Terminology for Tables and Graphs

Tables are presented in standard formats so that they will be easy to read and easy to understand. At the top of a table there will be a title and so this will be short phrase indicating the information the table or graph intends to convey.

The title of a table could be something like the price of milk compared to the demand or in this case the average income for varying education levels.

Mini-test: TERMINOLOGY FOR TABLES AND GRAPHSQuestion 1: If a table has 3 rows and 8 columns of information, how many cells of information does it contain?
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Question 2: Which is the best title for a graph?
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The transcript is provided for your convenience
This right here is the title, so a table is composed of vertical columns and horizontal rows and so the information is laid out in those columns and rows.

This table in particular has two vertical columns and five horizontal rows, so this right here is a column, all of this and then this right here is a column as well and then we have five rows. This right here is a row. Now the actual information is placed in what we call cells, which are the boxes you see here. We identify a cell by saying the cell in the second column in the fifth row. We go to the second column, which is this column, right here and we would go down to the fifth row. One, two, three, four, five, so this is the cell in the second column on the fifth row and so there would be information in that cell right there.

Right here we have two columns and so those columns have to have labels, so we have education level and average income. Here we would have varying education labels like no high school diploma, high school diploma, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctorate as well associate programs, whatever you want to put in there. Then you would have the average income to accompany each type of education level. I’m going to label this as well right here, that’s a cell, all of these are cells, so this right here has ten cells and they will remember that the rows run horizontally and the columns run vertically. Then you also have a phrase indicating the information that the table intends to convey and we just call that the title.

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