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Multiple variables data tables are different from other data tables that Prism creates in a number of important ways. The following list highlights some of the important differences that you should know when getting started with this data table type.

The format of Multiple variables data tables are different. Like most other statistics programs, each column represents a separate variable and each row represents a separate observation

Multiple variables data tables allow text (non-numeric) entry directly into the data table. This text can be part of a categorical variable for graphing or analysis, or part of a label variable as a row label for the data

Each variable must be assigned a variable type. This variable type determines how the variable will be used for analysis and graphing of the data

Multiple variables graphs (for example, bubble plots) can only be made from multiple variables data

Multiple variables data tables cannot be converted to other table types using the Format Data Table dialog

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