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Quantitative and Qualitative Data

Quantitative data are measurements that are recorded on a naturally occurring numerical scale. 

Examples of quantitative data:

  1. Test scores
  2. Volume of water in a container
  3. Inflation rate of each year in the 2000s
Qualitative data are measurements that cannot be measured on a natural numerical scale; they can only be classified into one of a group of categories.

Examples of qualitative data:

  1. Students program of study
  2. City of origin
  3. Feelings towards mathematics

Statistics by Matthew Cheung. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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