(*noun*) The process of examining data to find the distribution of a variable (descriptive statistics) or to evaluate the relationship between two or more variables (inferential statistics).

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**Usage Notes:**

- Plural:
**statistical analyses**

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- Word origin of “statistical” and “analysis” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com

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**Works Consulted**

Taylor & Francis. (N.d.) *Routledge Handbooks Online*. (https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/).

Turner, Bryan S., ed. 2006. *The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology*. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Wiley. (N.d.) *Wiley Online Library*. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/).

**How to Cite the Definition of Statistical Analysis**

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “statistical analysis.” In * Open Education Sociology Dictionary*. Retrieved December 19, 2018 (http://sociologydictionary.org/statistical-analysis/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

statistical analysis. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), *Open education sociology dictionary*. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/statistical-analysis/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “statistical analysis.” In* Open Education Sociology Dictionary*. Accessed December 19, 2018. http://sociologydictionary.org/statistical-analysis/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“statistical analysis.” *Open Education Sociology Dictionary*. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2018. <http://sociologydictionary.org/statistical-analysis/>.