Why "Experience" Considered quantitative?

Correct answers flags wbna[“Experience”] as quantitative variable. Even though it has ‘R’ string as part of its entries - why is that?

wnba['Experience'].value_counts()
R     23
3     19
5     14
6     14
1     12
9     11
2     11
4     11
10     5
11     4
7      4
12     4
13     3
14     3
8      3
15     2
Name: Experience, dtype: int64

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Quantities can be represented by strings/words as well. R corresponds to Rookie which, as per the NBA -

a rookie is any player who has never played a game in the NBA until that year and the past 5 years

So, it still quantitatively indicates the experience of the player, which can be reasonably assumed to be 0 years of experience (or < 1, perhaps).

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Thanks - makes sense. The variable has size and “direction”.