Statistics - Continuous Variable


(Continuous|Quantitative) variable is a numerical variable that can be any of an infinite range of values.

Any-time you measure a variable that can only be measured in discrete values, you are using a variable that is not truly continuous.

A continuous variable is a variable where the cumulative distribution function is continuous everywhere. There are no “gaps”,

Continuous random variables almost never take an exact prescribed value as discrete variable does.

<WRAP round tip > Illustration Continuous vs Discrete: A Geneva drive is a gear mechanism that translates a continuous rotation into a discrete motion.


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