4739Simple difference between qualitative v/s quantitative variable/data
- Aug 5, 2014Hello,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/dataQualitative variable/dataMeasured factsCounted factsContinuousDiscreteExamplesExamplesWeight = 50 kg, f = 4Gender = Male, f = 5Pulse rate = 62 per minute, f = 3Religion = Islam, f = 3f = FrequencyBut 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
Community Medicine Department,
Government Medical College,