from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A numerical piece of information.
- noun A calculated numerical value (such as the sample mean) that characterizes some aspect of a sample set of data, and that is often meant to estimate the true value of a corresponding parameter (such as the population mean) in an underlying population.
- noun One viewed solely as a piece of statistical or numerical information.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
- noun A statistical statement.
- noun A statistician.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Of or pertaining to statistics.
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- adjective Alternative spelling of
- noun A single item in a
- noun A
quantity calculatedfrom the datain a sample, which characterises an important aspect in the sample (such as meanor standard deviation).
- noun A person, or personal event, reduced to being an item of statistical information.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a datum that can be represented numerically
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Among medical doctors, the statistic is almost 75%.
JP: not to diminish your point but the statistic is actually “2/3 of corporations paid no income taxes for at least one year between 1996 and 2005.”
That weaselly separation of the source from the statistic is the kind of things students do when they are are making stuff up, or at least playing fast-and-loose with the figures.
Also, as for the 13% of Americans not blaming Bush – I wonder what the statistic is among Southern states affected by the storm.
He wryly adds, The point of a GDP statistic is to drain away those sorts of problems.
This statistic is especially important because people are much more likely to develop liver cancer or cirrhosis if they are infected early in life, rather than later in life (most people are infected with hepatitis B virus when they are adolescents and young adults).
The median-household-income statistic is too blunt an instrument, because it includes households headed by 20-year-olds (i.e., students) as well as 90-year-olds (i.e., retirees).
This is a statistic from a poll that should send chills down the backs of not only Progressives, but their minions in the WH.
“My favorite statistic is that one-quarter of the members of the National Academy of Sciences were born abroad,” I was told by Harold Varmus, the president of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and himself an academy member (and Nobel Prize winner).
The Census Bureau maintains this site, linking to each state's main statistic site.