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Definition of Statistics


  1. The science which has to do with the collection and classification of certain facts respecting the condition of the people in a state.
  2. 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.
  3. The branch of mathematics which studies methods for the calculation of probabilities.

Statistics Quotations

There are two ways of lying. One, not telling the truth and the other, making up statistics.
Josefina Vazquez Mota

In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.
Tom Seaver

Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.
Vin Scully

Life it is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of statistics, it's about experience, it's about participation, it is something more complex and more interesting than what is obvious.
Daniel Libeskind

Cognitive psychology tells us that the unaided human mind is vulnerable to many fallacies and illusions because of its reliance on its memory for vivid anecdotes rather than systematic statistics.
Steven Pinker
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Statistics Translations

statistics in Dutch is statistiek
statistics in French is statistique
statistics in German is Statistik
statistics in Hungarian is statisztika, statisztikai adatok
statistics in Swedish is statistik
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