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sta·tis·tics

statistics

 
 
pronunciation:
st tI stihks
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: (used with a sing. verb) the mathematical study of numerical information, esp. representative information about a limited portion of a population that is used to make generalized conclusions about the whole.
Scientists often use statistics to guide decisions about whether or not to accept a hypothesis.
definition 2: (used with a pl. verb) a number of pieces of numerical information.
The census gathers statistics about the population.
 
similar words:
data, material
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