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Statistics is a field of inquiry that studies the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data. It is applicable to a wide variety of academic disciplines, from the physical and social sciences to the humanities; it is also used and misused for making informed decisions in all areas of business and government.

Nature of statistics

Statistics can be described as all of the following:

History of statistics

Describing data

Experiments and surveys


Analysing data

Filtering data

Statistical inference

Probability distributions

Random variables

Probability theory

Computational statistics

Statistics software

Statistics organizations

Statistics publications

Persons influential in the field of statistics

See also