# What is the difference between quantitative and categorical variables?

**Quantitative variables** are any variables where the data represent amounts (e.g. height, weight, or age).

**Categorical variables** are any variables where the data represent groups. This includes rankings (e.g. finishing places in a race), classifications (e.g. brands of cereal), and binary outcomes (e.g. coin flips).

You need to know what type of variables you are working with to choose the right statistical test for your data and interpret your results.