# Tertile vs. Quartile

By Jaxson

## Main Difference

The main difference between Tertile and Quartile is that the Tertile is a cutpoint dividing a set of observations into equal sized groups and Quartile is a the three points that divide the data set into four equal groups in descriptive statistics.

• Tertile

In statistics and probability quantiles are cut points dividing the range of a probability distribution into contiguous intervals with equal probabilities, or dividing the observations in a sample in the same way. There is one less quantile than the number of groups created. Thus quartiles are the three cut points that will divide a dataset into four equal-sized groups. Common quantiles have special names: for instance quartile, decile (creating 10 groups: see below for more). The groups created are termed halves, thirds, quarters, etc., though sometimes the terms for the quantile are used for the groups created, rather than for the cut points.

q-quantiles are values that partition a finite set of values into q subsets of (nearly) equal sizes. There are q − 1 of the q-quantiles, one for each integer k satisfying 0

• Quartile

A quartile is a type of quantile. The first quartile (Q1) is defined as the middle number between the smallest number and the median of the data set. The second quartile (Q2) is the median of the data. The third quartile (Q3) is the middle value between the median and the highest value of the data set.

In applications of statistics such as epidemiology, sociology and finance, the quartiles of a ranked set of data values are the four subsets whose boundaries are the three quartile points. Thus an individual item might be described as being “on the upper quartile”.

Wikipedia
• Tertile (noun)

Either of the two points that divide an ordered distribution into three parts, each containing a third of the population.

• Tertile (noun)

Any one of the three groups so divided.

“The first tertile results include January through April’s revenues.”

• Quartile (noun)

Any of the three points that divide an ordered distribution into four parts, each containing a quarter of the population.

• Quartile (noun)

Any one of the four groups so divided.

“This school is ranked in the first quartile.”

Wiktionary
• Quartile (noun)

each of four equal groups into which a population can be divided according to the distribution of values of a particular variable

“in the highest quartile, the mean age was 72”

• Quartile (noun)

each of the three values of the random variable which divide a population into quartiles.

Oxford Dictionary