**Continuous data**is information that can be measured at infinite points. Visually, this can be depicted as a smooth graph that gives a value for every point along an axis.

**Discrete data**is information that can be counted. This can be visually depicted as a bar chart.

## Continuous vs Discrete

Continuous variables such as time, temperature and distance can theoretically be measured at infinitely small points. You can measure time every hour, minute or second. In theory, a second could be divided into infinite points in time. Discrete variables are elements that can be counted such as people, buildings or money. Generally speaking, you can't divide a person, building or penny into smaller units. As such, they can only be counted one way.## Example

Ocean currents are continuous data because they can be measured at infinite levels of detail at infinite points in time.The test results of 300 students who write a multiple choice exam with 65 points is discrete because both students and points are counted with no measurements possible inbetween.Continuous Data vs Discrete Data | ||

Continuous Data | Discrete Data | |

Definition | Information that can be measured at infinite points. | Information that is counted. |