11 Describing data

So far, you have learnt to ask a RQ, identify different ways of obtaining data, design the study and collect the data.

In this chapter, you will learn how to describe the data, because this determines how to proceed with the analysis. You will learn to:

  • identify qualitative and quantitative variables.
  • identify nominal and ordinal qualitative variables.
  • identify continuous and discrete quantitative variables.
  • describe data in ways suitable for use in software.