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Publication date: 08/13/2020

Understand Modeling Types

In JMP, data can be of different types. JMP refers to this as the modeling type of the data. Table 5.1 describes the three modeling types in JMP.

Table 5.1 Modeling Types

Modeling Type and Description


Specific Example


Numeric data only. Used in operations like sums and means.




The time to complete a test might be 2 hours, or 2.13 hours.


Numeric or character data. Values belong to ordered categories.

Month (1,2,...,12)

Letter grade (A, B,...F)

Size (small, medium, large)

The month of the year can be 2 (February) or 3 (March), but not 2.13. February comes before March.


Numeric or character data. Values belong to categories, but the order is not important.

Gender (M or F)


Test result (pass or fail)

The gender can be M or F, with no order. Gender categories can also be represented by a number (M=1 and F=2).

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