Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data. It deals with all aspects of this, including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments.
A statistician is someone who is particularly well-versed in the ways of thinking necessary for the successful application of statistical analysis. Such people have often gained experience through working in any of a wide number of fields. There is also a discipline called mathematical statistics that studies statistics mathematically.
The word statistics, when referring to the scientific discipline, is singular, as in "Statistics is an art." This should not be confused with the word statistic, referring to a quantity (such as mean or median) calculated from a set of data, whose plural is statistics ("this statistic seems wrong" or "these statistics are misleading").
Other articles related to "statistics":
... The rules' intricacies are automatically computed the game keeps track of statistics and controls dice rolling ... During character creation, statistics including name, gender, race, class, ability scores and weapon proficiencies may be altered ... Magic users and thieves have more statistics, in the form of spells and thief abilities, respectively ...
... Bose's interpretation is now called Bose–Einstein statistics ... This result derived by Bose laid the foundation of quantum statistics, as acknowledged by Einstein and Dirac ... awarded for research related to the concepts of the boson, Bose–Einstein statistics and Bose–Einstein condensate—the latest being the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics given for advancing the theory of Bose ...
... Traditionally, statistics was concerned with drawing inferences using a semi-standardized methodology that was "required learning" in most sciences ... This has changed with use of statistics in non-inferential contexts ... by a distribution function may be transformed with familiar tools used in statistics to reveal underlying patterns, which may then lead to hypotheses ...
... Then he became interested in statistics and probability models ... From 1949–50, he spent a fellowship year at Columbia University to study statistics more intensively ... he taught courses in statistics and econometrics ...
... Cantonment Clinch began providing meteorological observations in the 1830s ... Observations from the Pensacola area continued intermittently over the next several decades ...
Famous quotes containing the word statistics:
“and Olaf, too
unless statistics lie he was
more brave than me: more blond than you.”
—E.E. (Edward Estlin)
“We already have the statistics for the future: the growth percentages of pollution, overpopulation, desertification. The future is already in place.”
—Günther Grass (b. 1927)
“July 4. Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together. This proves, by the number left in stock, that one Fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.”
—Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (18351910)