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# How do you know if data is categorical?

Categorical data: Categorical data represent characteristics such as a person's gender, marital status, hometown, or the types of movies they like. Categorical data can take on numerical values (such as “1” indicating male and “2” indicating female), but those numbers don't have mathematical meaning.

In this way, can categorical data be normally distributed?

Categorical data are not from a normal distribution. The normal distribution only makes sense if you're dealing with at least interval data, and the normal distribution is continuous and on the whole real line.

Also, what is an example of categorical data? Categorical variables represent types of data which may be divided into groups. Examples of categorical variables are race, sex, age group, and educational level. There are 8 different event categories, with weight given as numeric data.

Thereof, how is age classified as a categorical variable?

Categorical variables take category or label values and place an individual into one of several groups. Quantitative variables take numerical values and represent some kind of measurement. In our medical example, age is an example of a quantitative variable because it can take on multiple numerical values.

What does categorical data mean?

Data that is collected can be either categorical or numerical data. Numbers often don't make sense unless you assign meaning to those numbers. Categorical data is when numbers are collected in groups or categories. Categorical data is also data that is collected in an either/or or yes/no situation.

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