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Qualitative Data

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Definition:

Qualitative data can be arranged into categories that are not numerical. These categories can be physical traits, gender, colors or anything that does not have a number associated to it. Qualitative data is sometimes referred to as categorical data.

Qualitative data is contrasted with quantitative data. Quantitative data sets have numbers associated with them.

Examples:
Each of the following is an example of categorical data:
  • The hair colors of players on a football team
  • The color of cars in a parking lot
  • The letter grade of students in a classroom
  • The types of coins in a jar

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