# statistics

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1. Branch of mathematics concerned with collection, classification, analysis, and interpretation of numerical facts, for drawing inferences on the basis of their quantifiable likelihood (probability). Statistics can interpret aggregates of data too large to be intelligible by ordinary observation because such data (unlike individual quantities) tend to behave in regular, predictable manner. It is subdivided into descriptive statistics and inferential statistics.
2. Plural of statistic.

## Use 'statistics' in a Sentence

The student used statistics to show the teacher that low scores on the test were really his fault for not teaching them well enough.
The statistics professor initiated his students into this branch of mathematics by teaching them simple probability equations, then moving into a study of permutations and combinations.
With the help of special software tools, Jeff learned new ways to analyze financial data in his introductory college statistics course.

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