##### Asked by: Kelley Bargoo

asked in category: General Last Updated: 28th May, 2020# 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.