# Discrete scale

## Discrete scale definition:

Discrete data, like counts, are numeric data that have a finite number of possible values and can only be whole numbers. Discrete data arise from observations that can only take certain numerical values. Fractions are meaningless. In some situations, mathematical functions or calculations are not possible either.Discrete variables are measured across a set of fixed values, such as age in years (not microseconds). These are commonly used on arbitrary scales, such as scoring your level of happiness, although such scales can also be continuous.Discrete data can be used as ordered categorical data in statistical analysis, but some information is lost in doing so.Looking for the definitions of all our glossary items? **Click here to receive the entire list**