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Reading Comprehension 04 - Data Interpretation 1
The distance between two planets is a piece of data you might be presented with.

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.

 

1.
In which month were the police able to arrest the highest number of petty criminals?
March
April
January
February
The police were most effective in the month of March when they arrested 43 people
2.
In which month were the police able to arrest the second highest number of petty criminals?
May
March
January
February
February was the month in which the police were able to arrest the second highest number of petty criminals, which stood at 29
3.
Which was the month in which the second least number of petty crimes were reported?
January
June
May
February
June was the month in which the second least number of petty crimes were reported, which stood at 212
4.
In which month were the police able to arrest the least number of petty criminals?
February
March
January
June
January was the month in which the police were able to arrest the least number of petty criminals, which stood at 15
5.
In which month were the highest number of petty crimes reported?
January
February
March
April
April was the month in which the highest number of petty crimes were reported, which stood at 424
6.
What was the number of arrests made in the month in which the third highest number of petty crimes were reported?
17
15
24
27
May was the month in which the third highest number of petty crimes were reported and in that month 17 arrests were made
7.
What was the number of petty crimes reported in the month in which the third least number of arrests were made?
301
369
212
342
June was the month in which the third least number of arrests were made and in that month 212 petty crimes were reported
8.
In which month were the least number of petty crimes reported?
January
February
March
April
February was the month in which the least number of petty crimes were reported, which stood at 202
9.
What was the number of petty crimes reported in the month in which the third highest number of arrests were made?
212
202
342
424
April was the month in which the third highest number of arrests were made and in that month 424 petty crimes were reported
10.
What was the number of arrests made in the month in which the third least number of petty crimes were reported?
15
17
29
43
January was the month in which the third least number of petty crimes were reported and in that month 15 arrests were made
Author:  V T Narendra

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