Definition Cross-sectional data

Cross-sectional data is the result of a data collection, carried out at a single point in time on a statistical unit. With cross-sectional data, we are not interested in the change of data over time, but in the current, valid opinion of the respondents about a question in a survey.

Typical examples are daily surveys on current topics in newspapers or on television. The opposite of cross-sectional data is longitudinal data

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