Continuous Data

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.

See Also

What is data? Types of data What is qualitative data? What is quantitative data? What is discrete data? What is a number line?