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Functional Skills: Tally Charts

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Tally Charts

Tally Charts are used to record results “on-the-fly”. They’re most commonly used in surveys, questionnaires and general data collection, and are particularly useful for situations where results are being recorded manually.

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How to Use a Tally Chart

First, we need to set up a table of options. So, for example, let’s say we have a group of 14 people voting for where they should order a takeaway from.

Their options are Italian, American, Chinese and Indian.

Each person’s choice is marked on the table by a strike “|”, and for every fifth choice in a category, the strike is laid diagonally over the previous four. This is done to help you count the marks afterwards, as having multiple strikes in a row can be hard to count.

So, we can see that the most popular option is clearly Indian, as it has the most strikes.

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Converting a Tally Chart to a Frequency Table

We can now input a frequency column to turn this Tally Chart into a Frequency Table. Here, we count the number of strikes in the chart for each option, and convert this into a numerical value. This allows us to work with data much more quickly. Take the last example:

We can verify that Indian is the most popular option here, with 7 votes.

If we wanted further look into our responses, i.e. by finding the difference between votes, the total number of votes, etc., we could save a lot of time by including the frequency table to reference back from.

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Functional Skills: Tally Charts Example Questions

Count the number of strikes in each row and add these values to the frequency column.

(The rows can be in any order here, as long as the tallies and frequencies are correct.)

a) Adding three more strikes to the City Break row, we have

b) The total number of votes is

6 + 1 + 12 + 2 + 0 = 21\\[6pt]

\dfrac{12}{21} = \dfrac{4}{7} which is bigger than \dfrac{1}{2}


So yes, the majority of the votes were for the most popular option (City Break).

Functional Skills: Tally Charts Worksheet and Example Questions

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