Question Video: Classifying Types of Data

Which of the following is not an example of quantitative data? [A] salary [B] telephone number [C] hobbies [D] temperature degree.

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Which of the following is not an example of quantitative data, salary, telephone number, hobbies, or temperature degree?

What is meant by the term quantitative data? It’s data that can be expressed as numeric values. Let’s consider some examples for the four options that we’re given. Now the units that you use to measure some of these will vary depending on where you are in the world.

But for salary, you could for example have a monthly salary of 4000 dollars or perhaps 1200 pounds. Whatever the units or the currency that you’re using, this is still an example of numeric data so it is quantitative. How about telephone number?

Well, the clue’s sort of in its name. The format of your telephone number will vary depending on where you are in the world. But it will always be made up of numbers. So it will be quantitative data. Let’s skip to temperature degree.

Again there are different ways of measuring this. It could be measured in Celsius or perhaps Fahrenheit. But the data itself will be a number. So temperature degree is an example of quantitative data.

Let’s think about the final option, hobbies. There are lots of different hobbies that we could list here. But some examples are knitting, basketball, or reading. These are obviously not numbers.

In fact, hobbies of an example of what we refer to as qualitative data, data that describe a quality but can’t be expressed as a number. The only one of the four options which is not an example of quantitative data is hobbies.

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