What is Quantitative Data? - Definition & Examples Video

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: What is a Histogram in Math? - Definition & Examples

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
 Replay
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:07 What Is Quantitative Data?
  • 0:56 Data That Can Be Counted
  • 1:39 Data That Can Be Measured
  • 2:09 Uses of Quantitative Data
  • 3:13 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Timeline
Autoplay
Autoplay
Speed Speed

Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

Watch this video lesson to find out the difference between saying you have seven apples and saying that those apples are delicious. You will learn about quantitative data and why it is useful.

What Is Quantitative Data?

What's the difference between having seven apples and saying that they are delicious? Well, for one, we can count or measure the seven apples, but we can't put a number to how delicious they are. Those apples might be delicious to one person and be completely sour to another person.

What does this have to do with quantitative data? It has everything to do with quantitative data because it shows you what is considered quantitative data and what is not. Saying you have seven apples, because they can be represented numerically, is a piece of quantitative data. But, saying that they are delicious is not because you can't write that using numbers.

There are two types of data that quantitative data covers. They are data that can be counted and data that can be measured. Let's talk about what each data type looks like.

Data That Can Be Counted

Another way of saying that the data can be counted is to call it discrete data. Having the seven apples, for example, is discrete data because you can count seven apples. If you were to count the number of apples each tree produced in an apple orchard, that data is quantitative since the apples can be counted.

Other examples of discrete data include the number of girls in a math class, the number of boys who come to eat ice cream at three pm, and the number of kittens that a particular mom cat has. All of these are discrete and quantitative data because they can be represented by a mathematical number, and you can physically count them.

Data That Can Be Measured

Quantitative data is also data that you can measure. In math lingo, this is called continuous data. The weight of seven apples is continuous data because you can put the apples on a scale and weigh or measure them.

Other examples of continuous data include the height of your mom, the length of a football field, and the weight of a wolf. All of these are continuous data because you can measure them and represent them in a numerical manner.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support