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Qualitative Data



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.

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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