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Qualitative and Quantitative Data
Introduction into qualitative and quantitative data

Quantitative Data vs Qualitative Data
Data can be divided into two groups called quantitative and qualitative data.
Quantitative data is numerical and qualitative data is descriptive.
Examples of quantitative data would be the number of pets, time of day, the temperature outside.
Quantitative data can be graphed.
If you count or measure, you are collecting quantitative data.
There are two types of quantitative data, discrete and continuous.
Discrete data is usually data you can count and continuous data is usually data you measure.

Qualitative is descriptive or observations and uses words.
For example, the color of a house, smell of a sock, texture of a shirt.

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