Definition of Statistic
(noun) A quantity, such as mean or standard deviation, that summarizes an aspect of a population or sample.
Examples of Statistic
- American English – /stuh-tIs-tik/
- British English – /stuh-tIs-tik/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /stəˈtɪstɪk/
- British English – /stəˈtɪstɪk/
- Quantitative Research Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “statistic” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- control group
- dependent variable
- descriptive statistics
- independent variable
- inferential statistics
- negative correlation
- positive correlation
Contributor: C. E. Seaman
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Seaman, C. E. 2015. “statistic.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Retrieved September 18, 2021 (https://sociologydictionary.org/statistic/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
Seaman, C. E. (2015). statistic. In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/statistic/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Seaman, C. E. 2015. “statistic.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Accessed September 18, 2021. https://sociologydictionary.org/statistic/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
Seaman, C. E. “statistic.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 18 Sep. 2021. <https://sociologydictionary.org/statistic/>.