**What is the difference between ordinal and nominal classes?**

# Difference between ordinal and nominal classes

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**What is the difference between ordinal and nominal classes?**

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Nominal scales are used for labeling variables, without any quantitative value. “Nominal” scales could simply be called “labels.” Here are some examples, below. Notice that all of these scales are mutually exclusive (no overlap) and none of them have any numerical significance. A good way to remember all of this is that “nominal” sounds a lot like “name” and nominal scales are kind of like “names” or labels.

With ordinal scales, the

orderof the values is what’s important and significant, but the differences between each one is not really known. Take a look at the example below. In each case, we know that a #4 is better than a #3 or #2, but we don’t know–and cannot quantify–howmuchbetter it is. For example, is the difference between “OK” and “Unhappy” the same as the difference between “Very Happy” and “Happy?” We can’t say.Ordinal scales are typically measures of non-numeric concepts like satisfaction, happiness, discomfort, etc.