4. Information Example 1

Three different examples of data were given to you earlier. Let's have a look at how that data can be turned into information.

Example 1:

information example


We started off with the raw data which was 51, 77, 58, 82, 64, 70.

At this stage, those numbers could have been anything from street numbers to chart positions of certain records.


The raw data is given a context. We are told that the numbers are test scores which were achieved by a group of students. At last they start to make some sense.

However even with a context, the data still needs to be processed in order to turn it into information.


The processing in this case might be to calculate the average from the set of scores. The average is 67 so we can now tell that student 1 did particularly badly in the test because they were so far below the average mark.