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What are statistics?

Statistics and statistical analysis can be defined as....

  • the practice of collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities
  • a fact or piece of data from a study of a large quantity of numerical data

What is the difference between data and statistics?  Sometimes the two words are used interchangeably, but they are two different things.

  • Data is the raw information from which statistics are created.  
  • Statistics provide an interpretation and summary of the data.  

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