Exercise Table and figure choices page

1. Present the data in a table; some readers might be interested in carrying out their own calculations of relationships among the data.

2. Present these data in a table (if exact values are of interest) or by ranges on a map (to show geographical patterns).

3. Present your data in tables or graphs; the relationships are as important as the actual values. Omit the rat photo; it adds no new information.

4. Reading from left to right, the table columns might correspond to the temporal order in which the data were collected, like this:

Age; Sex; Complaint; Physical Findings; Laboratory Data; Autopsy Findings

5. Use the electronmicrograph; it presents new evidence of the bacterial structure. Omit the roentgenogram; no new evidence is provided by a typical example of previously published information.

6. You could present it in a table, a graph, or in the text, but readers will see the point more quickly in a genealogical chart, which is a type of graph.

7. A bar graph would emphasize the difference in mortality, but the same point could be made with equal efficiency in the text. In a lecture or talk, a bar graph might be perfect for added visual emphasis, but readers can scan the text of a paper again if they have missed a point.

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