Primary Data vs Secondary Data – Statistics
(Similarities and Differences between Primary Data and Secondary Data)
The data is a set of values of qualitative or quantitative variables. In statistics, the data are the individual observations. The scientific investigations involve observations on variables. The observations made on these variables are obtained in the form of ‘data’.
Based on the source, the data is categorized into TWO types: (1) Primary Data and (2) Secondary Data.
Primary Data: Data collected for the first time by the original investigator.
Secondary Data: The data used in statistical investigations which have already been collected by some other for their purpose and published.
The present post discusses the Differences between Primary Data and Secondary Data with a Comparison Table.