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statistics

  

      n  
1    functioning as pl   quantitative data on any subject, esp. data comparing the distribution of some quantity for different subclasses of the population  
statistics for earnings by different age groups     
2    functioning as sing  
a    the classification and interpretation of such data in accordance with probability theory and the application of methods such as hypothesis testing to them  
b    the mathematical study of the theoretical nature of such distributions and tests  
   See also       descriptive statistics       statistical inference  
     (C18 (originally ``science dealing with facts of a state''): via German Statistik, from New Latin statisticus concerning state affairs, from Latin status state)  


Bose-Einstein statistics  
      pl n   functioning as sing     (Physics)   the branch of quantum statistics applied to systems of particles that do not obey the exclusion principle  
   Compare       Fermi-Dirac statistics  
descriptive statistics  
      n   functioning as sing   the use of statistics to describe a set of known data in a clear and concise manner, as in terms of its mean and variance, or diagramatically, as by a histogram  
   Compare       statistical inference  
Fermi-Dirac statistics  
      n     (Physics)   the branch of quantum statistics used to calculate the permitted energy arrangements of the particles in a system in terms of the exclusion principle  
   Compare       Bose-Einstein statistics  
     (C20: named after Enrico Fermi and Paul Dirac)  
inferential statistics  
      n   functioning as sing      another name for       statistical inference  
nonparametric statistics  
      n   functioning as sing   the branch of statistics that studies data measurable on an ordinal or nominal scale, to which arithmetic operations cannot be applied  
parametric statistics  
      n   functioning as sing   the branch of statistics concerned with data measurable on interval or ratio scales, so that arithmetic operations are applicable to them, enabling parameters such as the mean of the distribution to be defined  
quantum statistics  
      n   functioning as sing     (Physics)   statistics concerned with the distribution of a number of identical elementary particles, atoms, ions, or molecules among possible quantum states  
vital statistics  
      pl n  
1    quantitative data concerning human life or the conditions and aspects affecting it, such as the death rate  
2    Informal   the measurements of a woman's bust, waist, and hips  
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