Reading Comprehension 04 - Data Interpretation 1
In your Upper Primary Studies you will have come across Data Interpretation. If you are a science student you will have to be an expert a interpreting information or data. You will have come across it in Maths as well - but in English too? Yes!
In real life you are confronted with a variety of data, such as the number of people who died in an accident, the coldest day in the past hundred years in your city or the number of seats won by the BJP in the recently held general elections. If you are a lover of cricket you may be interested in statistics such as the number of centuries scored by Sachin Tendulkar and so on. You could also be interested in the annual budget of the Government of India when major tax rates affecting your daily life are announced. For all these sources of information you need to hone your skills at data interpretation.
You would have heard your teacher give you a quiz on mathematics, science, geography or even history, where data is presented in a variety of ways. For instance in history you need to keep tabs on dates on which important events occurred or in geography you need to know things such as the diameter of the earth or the distance between two planets and so on.
Interpreting data helps you in innumerable ways. For instance, imagine you were going with your family on a road trip and your Dad gives you a road map and asks you to be the navigator. You need to learn to read a map and advise your Dad on the best way to move forward. In order to help your Dad you need to learn to interpret the information that is available in the map.
The table that follows shows statistics about petty crimes in Bengaluru city. Study the table and answer the questions that follow and test your data interpretation skills.