# What do the terms nominal, ordinal, ratio, interval, discrete and continuous mean and refer to?

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**Nominal Level** - Only labels data in different categories, example categorizing as : Male or Female

**Ordinal Level ** - Data can be arranged and ordered but difference doesnt make sense, for example: ranking as 1st, second and 3rd.

**Interval Level ** - Data can be ordered as well as differences can be taken, but multiplication/division is not possible. for example: categorizing as different years like 2011, 2012 etc

**Ratio Level** - Ordering, difference and multiplication/division - all operations are possible. For example: Age in years, temperature in degrees etc.

**Discrete Variable** - the variable can only take point values and no values in between. For example: Number of people in a bus.

**Continuous Variable** - the variable can take any value within an interval, for example height of a person.