**What is Variable?**

A variable is a characteristic of a unit being observed that may assume more than one of a set of values to which a numerical measure or a category from a classification can be assigned (e.g. income, age, weight, etc., and “occupation”, “industry”, “disease”, etc).

**Types of variable**

Before analysing dataset, we should be familiar with different types of variable.

**A) Categorical Variable:** A categorical variable is one that has
two por more categories but there is no intrinsic ordering to the
categories. Categorical variables are also known as qualitative or discrete
variables. Categorical variables are further classified as nominal and ordinal
variables.

**i)
Binary Variable:** A simple version of a categorical variable is called a
binary variable. This type of variable lists two distinct, mutually exclusive
choices. True or False, Yes or No are examples of binary variables.

**ii)
Nominal Variable:** A categorical variable that has more than two categories
to select from is called a nominal variable. Political party, eye colours are
the example of nominal variable.

**iii)
Ordinal Variable: **Another version of a categorical variable is an ordinal
variable is an ordinal variable, which has categories that can be put in a
logical order. Examples of ordinal variables are: Socio economic status (low
income group, middle income group, high income group), Education level (High
School Level, BS, MS, PhD)

**B) Continuous Variable:** A continuous variable can take an
any score or value within a measurement scale. In addition, the difference
between each of the values has a real meaning. Continuous variables are also
known as qualitative or numerical variables. There are two types of continuous
variables., Interval and Ratio variables.

**i)
Interval Variable:** The first type of continuous variable is the interval
variable, a variable that can be ordered with a distance or level between each
category is meaningful. Examples of interval variable is temperature.

**ii)
Ratio Variable:** Another type of continuous variable is ratio variable,
which has one difference from an interval variable the ratio between the scores
provide information about the relationship between responses.

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