# statistics

[ stuh-tis-tiks ]

/ stəˈtɪs tɪks /

### noun

(used with a singular verb)
the science that deals with the collection, classification, analysis, and interpretation of numerical facts or data, and that, by use of mathematical theories of probability, imposes order and regularity on aggregates of more or less disparate elements.

(used with a plural verb)
the numerical facts or data themselves.

## Words nearby statistics

## Definition for statistics (2 of 2)

statistic

[ stuh-tis-tik ]

/ stəˈtɪs tɪk /

### noun Statistics.

a numerical fact or datum, especially one computed from a sample.

## OTHER WORDS FROM statistic

non·sta·tis·tic, adjective un·sta·tis·tic, adjective## Example sentences from the Web for statistics

## British Dictionary definitions for statistics (1 of 2)

statistics

/ (stəˈtɪstɪks) /

### noun

(functioning as plural)
quantitative data on any subject, esp data comparing the distribution of some quantity for different subclasses of the population
statistics for earnings by different age groups

(functioning as singular)

- the classification and interpretation of such data in accordance with probability theory and the application of methods such as hypothesis testing to them
- the mathematical study of the theoretical nature of such distributions and testsSee also descriptive statistics, statistical inference

## Word Origin for statistics

C18 (originally ``science dealing with facts of a state''): via German
Statistik, from New Latin
statisticus concerning state affairs, from Latin
status
state

## British Dictionary definitions for statistics (2 of 2)

statistic

/ (stəˈtɪstɪk) /

### noun

any function of a number of random variables, usually identically distributed, that may be used to estimate a population parameter
See also sampling statistic, estimator (def. 2), parameter (def. 3)

## Scientific definitions for statistics

statistics

[ stə-tĭs′tĭks ]

Used with a singular verb
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.

Used with a plural verb
Numerical data.

## Cultural definitions for statistics

statistics

The branch of mathematics dealing with numerical data. (See mean, median, mode, normal distribution curve, sample, standard deviation, and statistical significance.)

## notes for statistics

A particular problem of statistics is estimating true values of
parameters from a sample of data.