why is discrete data called discrete?

By Lee Mansfield on the 11th of June, 2012

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    The word discrete actually means "Individually separate and distinct" which does perfectly describe what discrete data is since discrete data takes individual chunks of data and then puts them together.

    Refine By Ryan Cluney on the 11th of June, 2012

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Classify and know the difference between various types of data

Data is just another word for information.

There are a few different types of data. For example, there’s data we can represent with numbers, and data we can’t represent with numbers.

Qualitative – Cannot represent with numbers (something like eye colour, address or food preference)

Quantitative – Can represent with numbers (things like height, number of sisters or shoe size)

You can remember which is which because quantitative is the one with the N in it, for number.

There are now two types of quantitative data, discrete quantitative and continuous quantitative.

Discrete Quantitative – Data you count in chunks, 1, 2, 3… (things like number of sisters, shoe size, money)

Continuous Quantitative – Data you can’t count in chunks (things like height, time, distance)

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