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Continuous Data refers to data that is measured on a continuum. It is data that is measured on an infinitely divisible scale (e.g., time, weight, and temperature) such that one half a unit still makes sense; half a minute, half a pound, etc.

A defining characteristic of continuous data is that it requires a gauge or meter in order to be measured (clock, ruler, scale, thermometer, odometer, etc.).

Note that Continuous/Variable Data is the opposite of Discrete/Attribute Data, which cannot be infinitely divided and still make sense.

For a better understanding of Continuous Data and an overview of Lean Six Sigma, check out our Free Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training, Green Belt Training or Lean Training.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at GoLeanSixSigma.com. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.