Quantitative Data: Examples of Data Structures

2. Simple Data Structures

In essence it is possible to consider quantitative data as either simple or complex in terms of its structure. Simple, as we will show over the next few pages, is not as limited as it might sound, but refers to the complexity of the original source data in terms of how easy it is to unpick the statistical data.

Thus, simple data can include very straightforward statistical information that only involves one or two types of statistics. Simple, can also be more complex than this, drawing in multiple numbers from a short range of documents. Generally this type of data is easily identifiable (i.e. the original document contains the statistics in easy ways to extract) and it is usually easy to calculate and categorise.