##### Asked by: Yuqing Koerfers

asked in category: General Last Updated: 2nd April, 2020# What is the difference between continuous data and categorical data?

**Categorical variables**contain a finite number of categories or distinct groups.

**Categorical data**might not have a logical order.

**Continuous variables**are numeric

**variables**that have an infinite number of values

**between**any two values. A

**continuous variable**can be numeric or date/time.

Just so, what is the difference between discrete continuous and categorical data?

There are three main types **of** variables: **continuous** variables can take any numerical value and are measured; **discrete** variables can only take certain numerical values and are counted; and **categorical** variables involve non-numeric groups or categories.

Beside above, what type of 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.

Keeping this in view, what is a continuous data?

**continuous data** is quantitative **data** that can be measured. • it has an infinite number of possible values within. a selected range e.g. temperature range. discrete **data**. • discrete **data** is quantitative **data** that can be counted.

What is the difference between nominal and ordinal data?

**Nominal data** is a group of non-parametric variables, while **Ordinal data** is a group of non-parametric ordered variables. Although, they are both non-parametric variables, what differentiates them is the fact that **ordinal data** is placed into some kind of order by their position.