A Table is a grid that allows data to be recorded for numerous items in various conditions. Normally the items to be tested would go across the top while the varying situations are placed down the table vertically. This allows a large range of information to be inserted. Tables give an organized view of a large quantity of information. Although they are less visual and thus less easy to understand, they hold more specific data than many other diagrams.
Tables are very diverse in their uses. They are useful any time there are two variables to be considered. These variables may be people, objects, conditions, any numerical value, and so on, as long as one depends on another. Their data can be used to create other diagrams and charts.
- Determine the purpose. Decide what the table is being made for. Place a descriptive title at the top of the page.
- Choose categories. Decide which variables will be compared against each other. Once the quantity of each is known, create a table with one more column and one more row than variables. This is so that each variable can be written in the top row or left column. Create professional-looking Tables quickly and easily using SmartDraw.
- Create and label. Place the names of the items or examples in boxes along the top of the table, making sure that there is a column for each. Place the names of variable conditions along the side and make sure there is a row for each.
- Fill it in. Test each item along the top against each condition along the side and record the results found in the corresponding box. Do this until all of the boxes are filled.
- Share results. Use the completed table in the manner desired. It may be advisable to check its accuracy with coworkers or team members.