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What is Statistics?

The Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary® definition is: "A branch of mathematics dealing with the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of masses of numerical data." 

The steps of statistical analysis involve collecting information, evaluating it, and drawing conclusions. The information might be: 

  • A test group's favorite amount of sweetness in a blend of fruit juices
  • The number of men and women hired by a city government
  • The velocity of a burning gas on the sun's surface
Related Career Titles
AccountantAnimal Health StatisticianBank Officer
Business AnalystCost EstimatorData Miner
Development ManagerEnvironmental ScientistFinancial Engineer
Forensic StatisticianGeologistIndustrial Engineer
InvestigatorMarket Survey ResearchMeasurement Statistician
MeteorologistPharmaceutical EngineerPilot
Project ManagerReliability EngineerRisk Analyst
Social ScientistStatistical MethodologistSurvey Statistician
TeacherActuarial StatisticianAlgorithm Designer
Bio StatisticianClinical ProgrammerCryptographer/Cryptologist
Database AdministratorEconometricianEpidemiological Statistician
Financial PlannerForesting StatisticianGovernment Statistician
Industrial StatisticianInvestment BankerMarketing Information Analyst
Media SpecialistOperations Research AnalystPharmaceutical Statistician
ProfessorPsychologistResearch Scientist
Science WriterSoftware EngineerStatistical Programmer
Systems AnalystTelecommunications EngineerAircraft Designer
ArchitectBookkeeperComputer Scientist
Data AnalystDemographerEconomist
Financial AnalystFinancial StatisticianGame Designer
Health Services StatisticianInventory AnalystLawyer
MathematicianMedical StatisticianPersonal Financial Advisor
PhysicistProgrammer AnalystQuality Analyst
ResearcherScientistStatistical Consultant
Survey MethodologistSystems EngineerWebmaster
Related Major Skills
Problem SolvingLogical thinking
Systemizing skillsCritical thinking
Advanced quantitative skillsComputer literacy
Verbal and written communication skillsAbility to analyze and interpret data
Evaluating theoretical modelsOrganizational skills
Teamwork skillsNumerical computation
Ability to design experimentsAdvising skills

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