Continuous Data (Mathematics Glossary)
What Is Continuous Data?Continuous data can take any value (within a range). Continuous data can (often) be measured.
Continuous data is a type of quantitative data. It is described in numbers.
Dictionary DefinitionThe Oxford English Dictionary defines continuous as "having no breaks; connected, unbroken."
Real Examples of Continuous Data
- A person measures the heights of other people.
The people's heights are continuous data. People's heights are not restricted to certain values, like 5 feet 5 inches or 6 feet. People's heights can take any value (within a reasonable range).
- A person measures the time it takes to complete a task.
Time is continuous data. Time is not restricted to certain values, like 5 minutes or 6 minutes. It can take any value.
Continuous Data and the Number LineContinuous data can be shown on a number line.
Continuous data can take any value along the number line, whether whole numbers or any in between.
This is why continuous data is often measured. The lengths along a ruler, or the times around the edge of a clock are like number lines.
Here's a second test on continuous data.
Here's a third test on continuous data.
Other Types of DataThe types of data are given below:
Discrete and Continuous DataContinuous date is a type of quantitative data.
The other type of quantitative data is discrete data.
Whereas continuous data can take any value (within a range), discrete data can only take certain values.
Discrete data is restricted to certain values (1, 2, 3 etc) and can't take any values in between. Continuous data can take values in between (1, 1.1, 1.25 etc).
Quantitative and Qualitative DataDiscrete date is a type of quantitative data, which means it is described in numbers.
There is also qualitative data, which is described in words.