### What does **statistics** mean?

# Definitions for statistics

stəˈtɪs tɪkssta·tis·tics

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### Princeton's WordNet

statisticsnoun

a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters

### GCIDE

Statisticsnoun

The branch of mathematics which studies methods for the calculation of probabilities.

Statisticsnoun

pl. Classified facts of a numerical nature regarding any topic. Specifically: (a) Numerical facts respecting the condition of the people in a state, their health, their longevity, domestic economy, arts, property, and political strength, their resources, the state of the country, etc., or respecting any particular class or interest; especially, those facts which can be stated in numbers, or in tables of numbers, or in any tabular and classified arrangement. (b) (Sport) Numerical facts regarding the performance of athletes or athletic teams, such as winning percentages, numbers of games won or lost in a season, batting averages (for baseball players), total yards gained (for football players). The creation and classification of such numbers is limited only by the imagination of those wishing to describe athletic performance numerically.

### Wiktionary

statisticsnoun

A mathematical science concerned with data collection, presentation, analysis, and interpretation.

Statistics is the only mathematical field required for many social sciences.

statisticsnoun

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.

**Etymology:**From Statistik, from statisticum and statista. Statistik introduced by Gottfried Achenwall (1749), originally designated the analysis of data about the state.

### Wikipedia

Statistics

Statistics (from German: Statistik, orig. "description of a state, a country") is the discipline that concerns the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data. In applying statistics to a scientific, industrial, or social problem, it is conventional to begin with a statistical population or a statistical model to be studied. Populations can be diverse groups of people or objects such as "all people living in a country" or "every atom composing a crystal". Statistics deals with every aspect of data, including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments.When census data cannot be collected, statisticians collect data by developing specific experiment designs and survey samples. Representative sampling assures that inferences and conclusions can reasonably extend from the sample to the population as a whole. An experimental study involves taking measurements of the system under study, manipulating the system, and then taking additional measurements using the same procedure to determine if the manipulation has modified the values of the measurements. In contrast, an observational study does not involve experimental manipulation. Two main statistical methods are used in data analysis: descriptive statistics, which summarize data from a sample using indexes such as the mean or standard deviation, and inferential statistics, which draw conclusions from data that are subject to random variation (e.g., observational errors, sampling variation). Descriptive statistics are most often concerned with two sets of properties of a distribution (sample or population): central tendency (or location) seeks to characterize the distribution's central or typical value, while dispersion (or variability) characterizes the extent to which members of the distribution depart from its center and each other. Inferences on mathematical statistics are made under the framework of probability theory, which deals with the analysis of random phenomena. A standard statistical procedure involves the collection of data leading to a test of the relationship between two statistical data sets, or a data set and synthetic data drawn from an idealized model. A hypothesis is proposed for the statistical relationship between the two data sets, and this is compared as an alternative to an idealized null hypothesis of no relationship between two data sets. Rejecting or disproving the null hypothesis is done using statistical tests that quantify the sense in which the null can be proven false, given the data that are used in the test. Working from a null hypothesis, two basic forms of error are recognized: Type I errors (null hypothesis is falsely rejected giving a "false positive") and Type II errors (null hypothesis fails to be rejected and an actual relationship between populations is missed giving a "false negative"). Multiple problems have come to be associated with this framework, ranging from obtaining a sufficient sample size to specifying an adequate null hypothesis.Measurement processes that generate statistical data are also subject to error. Many of these errors are classified as random (noise) or systematic (bias), but other types of errors (e.g., blunder, such as when an analyst reports incorrect units) can also occur. The presence of missing data or censoring may result in biased estimates and specific techniques have been developed to address these problems.

### ChatGPT

statistics

Statistics is a branch of mathematics dealing with the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and organization of data. It includes processes and methods to perform these tasks that help to describe, predict, and understand data to make informed decisions or draw conclusions. It can be used in a wide range of fields, including scientific research, business, government, and social sciences.

### Webster Dictionary

Statisticsnoun

the science which has to do with the collection and classification of certain facts respecting the condition of the people in a state

Statisticsnoun

classified facts respecting the condition of the people in a state, their health, their longevity, domestic economy, arts, property, and political strength, their resources, the state of the country, etc., or respecting any particular class or interest; especially, those facts which can be stated in numbers, or in tables of numbers, or in any tabular and classified arrangement

Statisticsnoun

the branch of mathematics which studies methods for the calculation of probabilities

**Etymology:**[Cf. F. statistique, G. statistik. See State, n.]

### Wikidata

Statistics

Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. It deals with all aspects of data, including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments. 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 calculated from a set of data, whose plural is statistics.

### Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

Statistics

sta-tist′iks,

*n.*a collection of facts and figures regarding the condition of a people, class, &c.: the science which treats of the collection and arrangement of facts bearing on the condition—social, moral, and material—of a people.—*adjs.***Statist′ic**,**-al**, pertaining to, or containing, statistics.—*adv.***Statist′ically**.—*n.***Statistic′ian**, one skilled in statistics. [Coined (as if from a form*statistikē*) from Gr.*statizein*, to set up.]

### U.S. National Library of Medicine

Statistics

Works consisting of presentations of numerical data on particular subjects.

### Editors Contribution

statistics

A systematic collation of data and numbers within a specific system.

Various government departments require and use statistics to provide them with data, information and facts to make intelligent informed choices.

Submitted by MaryC on February 25, 2020

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- علم الإحصاء, إحصاء, إحصائيات, الإحصاءArabic
- статистикаBulgarian
- পরিসংখ্যানBengali
- statistikaCzech
- statistikDanish
- StatistikGerman
- στατιστικήGreek
- statistikoEsperanto
- estadísticaSpanish
- estatistikaBasque
- آمارPersian
- tilastot, tilastotiede, tilastotiedot, tilastoFinnish
- statistiquesFrench
- staitisticíIrish
- statisztikaHungarian
- statisticaInterlingua
- statistikIndonesian
- statisticaItalian
- 統計, 統計学Japanese
- სტატისტიკაGeorgian
- ស្ថិតិ, ស្ថិតិវិទ្យាKhmer
- ಅಂಕಿಅಂ� ಗಳುKannada
- ئامارKurdish
- statisticsLatin
- statistikaLatvian
- tataurangaMāori
- статистикаMacedonian
- perangkaan, statistikMalay
- statistiekDutch
- statistikkNorwegian
- statystykaPolish
- estatísticas, estatísticaPortuguese
- statisticăRomanian
- статистикаRussian
- statistikaSerbo-Croatian
- statistikaSlovene
- statistikSwedish
- புள்ளியியல்Tamil
- สถิติThai
- palautatanTagalog
- istatistikTurkish
- اعداد و شمارUrdu
- số liệu thống kêVietnamese
- 統計Chinese

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