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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 Definition

The 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 Line

Continuous 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.
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Other Types of Data

The types of data are given below:

Discrete and Continuous Data

Continuous 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 Data

Discrete date is a type of quantitative data, which means it is described in numbers.

There is also qualitative data, which is described in words.