## 4739Simple difference between qualitative v/s quantitative variable/data

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• Aug 5, 2014
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Hello,
Good morning everyone,
Here I would like to share one concept, which came into my mind when I was teaching undergraduate students of my college.

Simple difference between qualitative v/s quantitative variable/data

Generally what we have learned is as follow:

 Quantitative variable/data Qualitative variable/data Measured facts Counted facts Continuous Discrete Examples Examples Weight = 50 kg, f = 4 Gender = Male, f = 5 Pulse rate = 62 per minute, f = 3 Religion = Islam, f = 3
f = Frequency

But quantitative data can be both continuous and discrete as for example, weight is continuous variable and pulse rate is discrete variable.

Now coming to the simple difference: (It came into my mind; I have not gone through literature):

Quantitative data = When the observation comes in numbers it is quantitative data/variable.

Qualitative data = When the observation comes in texts / words it is qualitative data/variable.

So during teaching if we first tell them this simple difference it will become very easy for them to understand the difference.

Thanks and Regards.

Dr. Mohmmedirfan H. Momin
FAIMER Fellow-GSMC
M.D. (P.S.M.)
Assistant Professor,
Community Medicine Department,
Government Medical College,
Surat-395001
Gujarat
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