Statistics definition

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The branch of mathematics that deals with the collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of numerical data. Statistics is especially useful in drawing general conclusions about a set of data from a sample of the data.
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Facts or data of a numerical kind, assembled, classified, and tabulated so as to present significant information about a given subject.
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The mathematics of the collection, organization, and interpretation of numerical data, especially the analysis of population characteristics by inference from sampling.
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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.
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Numerical data.
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Numerical data.
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Plural form of statistic.
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(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.

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(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.

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Origin of statistics

  • From 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 stā- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From German Statistik, from New Latin statisticum (“of the state") and Italian statista (“statesman, politician"). Statistik introduced by Gottfried Achenwall (1749), originally designated the analysis of data about the state.

    From Wiktionary