Qualitative vs Quantitative Data Topic Index | Algebra Index | Regents Exam Prep Center

Examine the differences between qualitative and quantitative data.

Qualitative Data Quantitative Data
Overview:
• Deals with descriptions.
• Data can be observed but not measured.
• Colors, textures, smells, tastes, appearance, beauty, etc.
• Qualitative Quality
Overview:
• Deals with numbers.
• Data which can be measured.
• Length, height, area, volume, weight, speed, time, temperature, humidity, sound levels, cost, members, ages, etc.
• Quantitative Quantit
 Example 1: Oil Painting

Qualitative data:

• blue/green color, gold frame

• smells old and musty

• texture shows brush strokes of oil paint

• peaceful scene of the country

• masterful brush strokes

 Example 1: Oil Painting

Quantitative data:

• picture is 10" by 14"

• with frame 14" by 18"

• weighs 8.5 pounds

• surface area of painting is 140 sq. in.

• cost \$300

 Example 2: Latte

Qualitative data:

• robust aroma

• frothy appearance

• strong taste

• burgundy cup

 Example 2: Latte

Quantitative data:

• 12 ounces of latte

• serving temperature 150º F.

• serving cup 7 inches in height

• cost \$4.95

 Example 3: Freshman Class

Qualitative data:

• friendly demeanors

• civic minded

• environmentalists

• positive school spirit

 Example 3: Freshman Class

Quantitative data:

• 672 students

• 394 girls, 278 boys

• 68% on honor roll

• 150 students accelerated in mathematics

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