facts or data of a numerical kind, assembled, classified, and tabulated so as to present significant information about a given subject
Origin of statistics; from German statistik ; from Modern Latin statisticus: see statistical
the branch of mathematics dealing with the calculation, description, manipulation, and interpretation of the mathematical attributes of sets or populations too numerous or extensive for exhaustive measurements
- (used with a sing. verb) The mathematics of the collection, organization, and interpretation of numerical data, especially the analysis of population characteristics by inference from sampling.
- (used with a pl. verb) Numerical data.
Origin of statisticsFrom German Statistik, political science, from New Latin statisticus, of state affairs, from Italian statista, person skilled in statecraft, from stato, state, from Old Italian, from Latin status, position, form of government; see sta- in Indo-European roots.
- (singular in construction) A mathematical science concerned with data collection, presentation, analysis, and interpretation.
- Statistics is the only mathematical field required for many social sciences.
- (plural in construction) A systematic collection of data on measurements or observations, often related to demographic information such as population counts, incomes, population counts at different ages, etc.
- The statistics from the Census for apportionment are available.
- plural form of statistic