# Can you find the range for categorical data?

##### 1 Answer

Aug 1, 2017

No

#### Explanation:

With quantitative data, the range is used to show the values that the data exists on. For example, the range in ages of everyone in the United States is about 113.9. However, with categorical data, range does not make sense. To visualize this, imagine a coin toss. The range would theoretically be heads-tails (not to be confused with the number of heads- the number of tails). Heads-tails is not a number and cannot be used as a range. Range is defined as the numerical difference between the largest and smallest values in a set. Heads and tails are the only values in the set, but since they are not numbers, there is no range.