- Two-way frequency table - Glossary Term
A two-way frequency table is commonly used for displaying the two-way frequency distribution that arises when a group of individuals or objects are categorised according to two criteria.
For example, the two-way table below displays the frequency distribution that arises when 27 children are categorised according to hair type (straight or curly) and hair colour (red, brown, blonde, black).
The row and column totals represent the total number of observations in each row and column and are sometimes called row sums or column sums.
If the table is ‘percentaged’ using row sums the resulting percentages are called row percentages. If the table is ‘percentaged’ using row sums the resulting percentages are called column percentages.