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Definitions of Statistics

  1. (noun) (singular) The scientific discipline that deals with the assemblage, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of numerical data.
  2. (noun) (plural) The data produced from the scientific discipline of statistics.

Statistics Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: sta·tis·tics

Audio Pronunciation

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /stuh-tIs-tiks/
  • British English – /stuh-tIs-tiks/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /stəˈtɪstɪks/
  • British English – /stəˈtɪstɪks/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: statistics
  • A prediction made from statistical data is a statistical inference.
  • Informally called stats.
  • Historically called statistology.
  • Statistics are useful in sociology and are often complemented with qualitative research.
  • A (noun) statistician specializes in (adjective) statistical knowledge and interpreting statistics (adverb) statistically through (noun) statistical analysis.

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Kendall, Diana. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Cite the Definition of Statistics

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “statistics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 18, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/statistics/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

statistics. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/statistics/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “statistics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 18, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/statistics/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“statistics.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 18 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/statistics/>.