# Qualitative variable

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Definition
 Qualitative variable A variable for which values or measurements represent groups. Measured on a nominal or ordinal scale. A variable that is not qualitative is known as quantitative. Also known as a categorical variable.

## Examples

The following are examples of qualitative variables:

• Gender (male, female)
• Eye color (brown, blue, green, hazel)
• Online workshop participants' country of origin

Note that a qualitative variable may be coded to appear numeric but these numbers are meaningless, as in male=1, female=2.

# Web Resources

 Statistics Online Computational Resource - Types of Data Online Statistics: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study, Chapter: 1. Introduction, Section: Variables

## Acknowledgements

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