# Stats Help

#### Caliboi

##### New Member
Hi All,

1st time post here. I have a project where I am to do some data analysis for a 5 year trend of all submitted applications. I am using Access and Excel. Anyways, which is the correct method to use when comparing percentages against years? I will use 2 years as an example. Here is sample data:

Type_____Yr1_____Yr2
A_________10______15
B_________35______22
C_________18______40
Total_____63______77

When I compare the 2 years based on percentages, which method is correct?

METHOD 1: Is it this (Year2-Year1)/(Year1)? Results:

Type_____% Change
A_________50.0%
B_________-37.1%
C_________122.2%
Total____22.2%

Method 2: Or is it this (Year2/Year2 Total)-(Year1/Year1 Total)? Results:

Type_____% Change
A_________3.6%
B_________-27.0%
C_________23.4%
Total____0.0%

Method 1 compares against the raw data...Method 2 compares against the percentage of the total application of this data. I am no stats guy, so I need some guidance from pros in here. If you do this, which is the more accurate depiction of the percent change against years? Thanks again, guys...

Caliboi

#### DaviPa

##### New Member
Method 1.

An increase from 10% in year one to 15% in year two is a 50% increase (change). You can also say that it increased by 5 percentage points.

#### Caliboi

##### New Member
Method 1.

An increase from 10% in year one to 15% in year two is a 50% increase (change). You can also say that it increased by 5 percentage points.
Hi Davipa,

Thank you. I am a little confised. What do you mean by 10% on Yr1 to 15% in Yr2? 10 and 15 are not percentages, just raw numbers. Please advise.