discrete data


Definition of Discrete Data

  • A set of data having finite number of values or data points is called Discrete Data.

More about Discrete Data

  • The opposite of the discrete data i.e. sets of infinite number of values is called Continuous Data.

Example of Discrete Data

  • Number of hours John spent swimming in a week
    This is an example of discrete data as swimming period (finite) of John will be specific.

Solved Example on Discrete Data

The table shows the collection of coins by Sandy. Which type of graph is appropriate to display the data in the table?

Choices:
A. Bar graph
B. Histogram
C. Line graph
D. Stem-and-leaf plot
Correct Answer: A
Solution:
Step 1: The data given in the table are discrete.
Step 2: Bar graphs are used to represent discrete data.
Step 3: So, a bar graph is appropriate to display the data shown in the table.

Related Terms for Discrete Data

  • Continuous Data
  • Data
  • Finite