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Q&A on Data and Statistics

What are statistics and why are they important?

As a Statistical Ambassador, I answered some questions about data and statistics for the Earlham Institute.

Q1. First of all, very simply: what, broadly, are statistics, and why are they important?

As a study, statistics is the art of understanding data. Statistical science covers the collection, processing, analysis, interpretation and communication of data. Statistics can also mean the numbers which summarise data and information.

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