Can you find the mean of categorical data?

1 Answer
Jun 23, 2018



In categorical data, there are no numbers to find a mean from. For example, here's some made-up categorical data:

Blue eyes - 576

Brown eyes - 2,100

Hazel eyes - 345

Green eyes - 267

There is no way of finding a mean from this data because there isn't an "average" eye color. You can find the proportions, but not the mean.

A mean can only be found in a quantitative data set like so:

Tree height in feet - 5, 7, 3, 6, 10, 13, 15, 4

Mean = 7.875 feet

Hope this helps!