Statistics can be described as a *quantitative method of scientific investigations.*

If used as plural noun ‘Statistics’ means the numerical data arising out of any sphere of human experience.

Used as singular ‘Statistics’ is the name for the body of scientific methods used for collection, analysis, Organizing, and interpretation of Numerical data.

According to American Statistical Association “Statistics” is the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data’

Also, There is a different meaning for the word ‘Statistic’ in the field of Statistics(subject). In this sense A ‘Statistic’ is a numerical item which are produced by the some calculations using the data. Standard Deviation, Mean etc are called as ‘Statistic’ in this sense.

This is one arm of Mathematics, which is extensively used in all most every field. It has become an important tool in the work of many academic disciplines such as medicine, psychology, education, sociology, engineering and physics, just to name a few. It is also important in many aspects of society such as business, industry and government. Because of the increasing use of statistics in so many areas of our lives, it has become very desirable to understand and practice statistical thinking. This is important even if you do not use statistical methods directly.

Even with so many uses, there is some mistrust in public about the subject. This is because of the misuse of the figures by the people for their convenience. During the introduction to the course i joined on, this statement is used. *There are 3 types of lies. 1 – Lies, 2- damned Lies 3-Statistics. We will teach you the 3rd part here.*

Used properly statistics is a panacea for all the problems faced by the world. it can be a tremendous tool for the growth of any organization.

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Originally posted 2011-09-30 20:00:00.

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