# Give an example of each: continuous data and discrete data.

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Jan 28, 2015

Continuous: Height, weight, annual income.

Discrete: Number of children, number of students in a class.

**Continuous** data (like height) can (in theory) be measured to any degree of accuracy. If you consider a value line, the values can be anywhere on the line. For statistical purposes this kind of data is often gathered in classes (example height in 5 cm classes).

**Discrete** data (like number of children) are parcelled out one by one. On the value line they occupy only certain points. Sometimes discrete values are grouped into classes, but less often.