Interpreting data: Boxplots and tables

Interpreting data: Boxplots and tables

Course provided by Open University

Summary overview

  • Online anytime

  • 16 hours study time

  • Information technology

  • Free

  • Level 2

About this course

This free course, Interpreting data: Boxplots and tables, is concerned with two main topics. In Section 1, you learn about graphical display, the boxplot. The other topic, covered in Sections 2 and 3, is that of dealing with data presented in tabular form.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand and use the following terms: boxplots, box, whisker, upper and lower adjacent values, rate, time series, line plot.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the idea that the general pattern of a set of data, in terms of location, dispersion and skewness, can be graphically represented in a boxplot.
  3. Understand that boxplots can be used to provide a quick and simple comparison of data sets.
  4. Understand that patterns in tabular data can be made clearer by leaving out unhelpful information, by including extra pieces of useful information or by drawing appropriate graphs.
  5. Describe and compare data sets on the basis of boxplots.