Suppose publication Smith (2016) had a study that investigated whether professors liked apples, and found that they did.
Now suppose that I wish to have my own study that investigated whether students also liked apples, and to what degree would this be compared to professors.
Would it be necessary for me to ask Smith for permission to show their numbers when I am making the statistical comparison between my data and Smith (2016) data?
If I reference Smith (2016) when presenting my work, do not claim the data on professors to be my own, and use the same inventory of questions (which Smith (2016) themselves used from another source), I would assume that this would not be considered plagiarism and I would not have to receive permission, but I wasn't entirely sure.
In other words, is it okay for me to show some other publication's data for data comparison reasons without prior permission if I properly reference/cite their work?
*This project, as it stands, only has intentions for conference presentations and not publication if that changes anything.