What is Statistics?
Here are some definitions
do you see in all or most of these definitions?
a collection of procedures and principles for
gaining information in order to make decisions
when faced with uncertainty (J. Utts)
a way of taming uncertainty, of turning raw data
into arguments that can resolve profound questions (T. Amabile)
the science of gaining information from numerical data (D.S. Moore)
the explanation of variation in the context of what remains unexplained
the science of drawing conclusions from data with
the aid of the mathematics of probability (S. Garfunkel)
the mathematics of the collection, organization,
and interpretation of numerical data, especially the
analysis of a population's characteristics by inference
from sampling (American Heritage Dictionary)
Etymology of the word 'statistics'
from Latin: statisticus - of state affairs
statistics is political right down to its etymology
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