Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning From Data (3rd Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321755944
ISBN 13: 978-0-32175-594-0

Chapter 2 - Section 2.1 - Different Types of Data - Practicing the Basics - Page 28: 2.5


A discrete variable is a variable that can only take on a finite number of values in an interval. On the other hand, continuous variables can take on an infinite number of values.

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An example for a discrete variable would be the number of children in a household. (Can only be an integer, 1,2,3,4...) An example of a continuous variable is someone's weight. It can take an infinite number of values within an interval. (160.1; 160,11; 160.1252...)
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