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Pronunciation:  stu'tistiks

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters

STATISTICS is a 10 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: applied math, applied mathematics, correlation, correlational statistics, distribution, information theory, nonparametric statistics, statistical distribution, statistical method



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sta*tis"tics\, n. [Cf. F. statistique, G. statistik.
See {State}, n.]
1. The science which has to do with the collection and
   classification of certain facts respecting the condition
   of the people in a state.

Note: [In this sense gramatically singular.]

2. pl. 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.

Computing Dictionary

The practice, study or result of the application of mathematical functions to collections of data in order to summarise or extrapolate that data.

The subject of statistics can be divided into descriptive statistics - describing data, and analytical statistics - drawing conclusions from data.