Words qualitative and quantitative, are in my opinion, a little difficult to read and explain for a certain audiences, explaining why there are so many discussion about it on stack exchange.

If a person were to read a tweet or post and rate it on a scale of 1 to 5 based level of verbosity, she is converting a qualitative sentence to quantitative data.

Reading a college application and either rejecting or approving it is again some level of qualitative information transformed into quantitative.

My daughter uses snapchat for 20 minutes a day is a quantitative assessment which could be represented as "medium" usage qualitatively, of course after comparing other's usage.

What would be easier to understand terms for expressing "converting quantitative information to qualitative"?

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    Binning, as in 1 to 5 scales or high-medium-low, isn't automatically qualitative. If defined based on quantity ranges, the bins are still quantitative. Compare with "rate your pain on a 1 to 10 scale". Here, the binning is clearly qualitative.
    – Phil Sweet
    Sep 29, 2018 at 12:01

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Converting quantitative data into qualitative information is sometimes called interpreting the data. See, for example, Dictionary.com:

verb (used with object)

1   to give or provide the meaning of; explain; explicate; elucidate:

or Encyclopedia.com:

Data interpretation is part of daily life for most people. Interpretation is the process of making sense of numerical data that has been collected, analyzed, and presented.

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