from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A numerical datum.
- n. A numerical value, such as standard deviation or mean, that characterizes the sample or population from which it was derived.
- n. One viewed as a nameless item of statistical information: got laid off and became another statistic in the slumping economy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Alternative spelling of statistical.
- n. A single item in a statistical study.
- n. A quantity calculated from the data in a sample, which characterises an important aspect in the sample (such as mean or standard deviation).
- n. A person, or personal event, reduced to being an item of statistical information.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to statistics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as statistics.
- n. A statistical statement.
- n. A statistician.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a datum that can be represented numerically
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.
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).
“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.
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).
This is a statistic from a poll that should send chills down the backs of not only Progressives, but their minions in the WH.