Glossary of Statistical Terms: Definition Data

Data means measured values, and is collected through interviews, experiments and observations. Data is normally numerical or categorical. Numerical data has a mathematical meaning as the measured value such as a weight or an intelligence quotient. Categorical data on the other hand, includes characteristics like gender, opinion or marital status. All of the data, numerical and categorical, is called the dataset of a sample.

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