Data can be statistics, numbers, descriptions, or facts that are collected and analyzed. Data can take many shapes and forms.

Two ways that data can be divided is by

**qualitative data**and**quantitative data.****Quantitative Data**is data that is counted or measured. It may help to remember quantitative data by linking quantitative with quantity, and a quantity must be counted. For example, the number of students, the height of a plant, or temperature of an oven.

**Qualitative Data**is data that is described or has a quality attached to it. For example, qualitative data could be a students gender, the color of a bike, or shape of a box.

Let’s look at some examples of

**qualitative data vs quantitative**data to help us understand the difference between these two types of data.If you have a pet dog.

**Quantitative Data** would be the dog has 4 legs and weighs 35 pounds.

**Qualitative Data** would be the dog is brown and has short hair.

What about a bookshelf?

**Quantitative Data** would be you have 90 books and is 2 meters tall.

**Qualitative Data** would describe that it is red and has a square shape.

Students at a school.

**Quantitative Data** would be the height of the students in inches or the weight of the students in pounds.

**Qualitative Data** would be a students favorite subject or which sport they play.

Your automobile

**Quantitative Data:** Weight of the car,

Time from 0 to 60 mph

**Qualitative Data:** Color of the car, or the brand of the car.