- (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.
Origin of statistics
- a numerical fact or datum, especially one computed from a sample.
Origin of statistic
Examples from the Web for statistics
So however detailed the statistics of the battlefield are, they cannot achieve the goal.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
What is much more important than these numbers is an internal dynamic for which there are no statistics.
In fact, what this map really showed was the fallacy of aggregates – and how statistics can mask real cultural shifts.
For passengers, beyond the statistics lies a puzzle that has persisted for years.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
"We knew the chances and we knew that the statistics and luck were not necessarily in our favor," she said.How to Run a Statewide Campaign on $38
November 12, 2014
This may appear incredible, but it is a fact as statistics will show.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Statistics are not available, because in Galicia they have not been kept from this point of view.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
"Don't tell me it is spectacles and statistics," Bobby pleaded.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
This commonly held belief is based on statistics of longevity and sanitation.Another Sheaf
These figures are drawn from statistics published in July 1914.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
- (functioning as plural) quantitative data on any subject, esp data comparing the distribution of some quantity for different subclasses of the populationstatistics for earnings by different age groups
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Word Origin and History for statistics
1770, "science dealing with data about the condition of a state or community," from German Statistik, popularized and perhaps coined by German political scientist Gottfried Aschenwall (1719-1772) in his "Vorbereitung zur Staatswissenschaft" (1748), from Modern Latin statisticum (collegium) "(lecture course on) state affairs," from Italian statista "one skilled in statecraft," from Latin status (see state (n.1)). Meaning "numerical data collected and classified" is from 1829. Abbreviated form stats first recorded 1961.
"quantitative fact or statement," 1880; see statistics.
- 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.