Statistics: Informed Decisions Using Data (4th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321757270
ISBN 13: 978-0-32175-727-2

Chapter 1 - Section 1.1 - Assess Your Understanding - Explaining the Concepts - Page 14: 57


Discrete variable: - We can count a discrete variable. - A discrete variable cannot assume every possible value between any two possible values. Continuous variable: - We cannot count a continuous variable. - A continuous variable may assume every possible value between any two values.

Work Step by Step

We can count the number of people on the bus: 0, 1, 2, 3, etc. But, we cannot say: "There are 12.4 people on the bus." We cannot count the distance traveled by the bus. But, we can say: "The distance traveled by the bus is 85.9 mi."
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