Cross sectional data

Cross sectional data refers to information about individuals, firms, states, countries, universities, or any other group, at one point in time.

In contrast, time series data refers to information over time of a particular variable.

  1. A sample of UWF students taken from the UWF population in June of 1998. Information on their GPA constitutes cross sectional data.
  2. Price/earnings ratios of a group of manufacturing firms using information from one point in time (say, December of 1997).
  3. Average salary information in the retail industry, by firm, in March of 1998.