Statistic definition

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Statistics are defined as numerical data, and is the field of math that deals with the collection, tabulation and interpretation of numerical data.

An example of statistics is a report of numbers saying how many followers of each religion there are in a particular country.

An example of statistics is a math class offered in high schools and colleges.

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One viewed solely as a piece of statistical or numerical information.

Got laid off and became another statistic in the slumping economy.

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A calculated numerical value (such as the sample mean) that characterizes some aspect of a sample set of data, and that is often meant to estimate the true value of a corresponding parameter (such as the population mean) in an underlying population.
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A numerical piece of information.
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Alternative spelling of statistical.
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A statistical item or element.
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A quantity calculated from the data in a sample, which characterises an important aspect in the sample (such as mean or standard deviation).
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The definition of a statistic is a number, or a person who is an unnamed piece of data to be studied.

When you have data on the average salary and the average number of children in a society, each of these different data points is an example of a statistic.

When you are afraid you will be seen as just one of many generic teen mothers who has messed up her life, this is an example of a time when you are afraid of being a statistic.

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A person, or personal event, reduced to being an item of statistical information.

By dying from an overdose, he became just another statistic.

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A single item in a statistical study.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
statistic
Plural:
statistics

Origin of statistic

  • Ultimately from New Latin statisticus of statecraft statistics

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back-formation from statistics.

    From Wiktionary