What is the difference between Nominal and Ordinal Number? - ProProfs Discuss

# What is the difference between Nominal and Ordinal Number?

Asked by T. Lopez, Last updated: Oct 08, 2020

#### M. Jabrowsky

M. Jabrowsky, Bank Manager, Ohio

Cardinal numbers are known to be counting numbers which means that this will indicate the number of items that are available. This will be able to indicate quantity. Ordinal numbers will be able to indicate the order or the rank of different items. Nominal numbers will be very helpful in identifying something.

For example, you may want to know the zip code or the player of the team. This is going to be a bit complicated. Remember that nominal numbers will be able to work better if you are searching for non-parametric variables. For ordinal numbers, you would be able to place the different data in certain positions.

#### F. Ray

F. Ray, Student, Kansas City

Nominal numbers are numbers that are used to represent something in order to make them more unique. We can say nominal numbers are used as names so that something can easily be understood. When these numbers are used, they might seem irrelevant, but they hold very vital information about whatever they are used for. Your phone number is an example of a nominal number.

Also, the number written on the Jersey of an athlete or a player is also a number. At times, a nominal number can consist of numbers and alphabets. On the other hand, an ordinal number is used to reveal the position, rank of an object within a set.

Most times, ordinal numbers are represented with words such as first, second, third, tenth. Ordinal numbers are used mostly to give certain information about our actual age. For example I will be celebrating my 30th birthday tomorrow.