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## sta·tis·tic

(stə-tĭs′tĭk)
n.
1. A numerical piece of information.
2. 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.
3. One viewed solely as a piece of statistical or numerical information: got laid off and became another statistic in the slumping economy.

[Ultimately from New Latin statisticus, of statecraft; see statistics.]

## statistic

(stəˈtɪstɪk)
n
(Statistics) any function of a number of random variables, usually identically distributed, that may be used to estimate a population parameter. See also sampling statistic, estimator2, parameter3

## sta•tis•tic

(stəˈtɪs tɪk)

n.
a numerical fact or datum, esp. one computed from a sample.
[1875–80]

## statistic

- Comes from a German noun describing knowledge dealing with the constitutions and resources of the states of the world.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 statistic - a datum that can be represented numericallydata point, datum - an item of factual information derived from measurement or researchstatistics - a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parametersaverage, norm - a statistic describing the location of a distribution; "it set the norm for American homes"demographic - a statistic characterizing human populations (or segments of human populations broken down by age or sex or income etc.)deviation - the difference between an observed value and the expected value of a variable or functionmoment - the n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed valuedistribution free statistic, nonparametric statistic - a statistic computed without knowledge of the form or the parameters of the distribution from which observations are drawnparametric statistic - any statistic computed by procedures that assume the data were drawn from a particular distributiontime series - a series of values of a variable at successive timesvital statistics - data relating to births and deaths and health and diseases and marriages
Translations

[stəˈtɪstɪk] N

[stəˈtɪstɪk] n

nStatistik f

## statistic

[stəˈtɪstɪk] nstatistica

## statistic

References in classic literature ?
Our hearts can talk our heads down almost any time, and, best all, our hearts are always right despite the statistic that they are mostly wrong.
An absolute statistic of the per centage of suicides due to John Barleycorn would be appalling.
Before they died the brilliant one was detected in seventy languages as the author of but two or three books of fiction and poetry, while the other was honoured in the Bureau of Statistics of his native land as the compiler of sixteen volumes of tabulated information relating to the domestic hog.
Statistics show that he does NOT prefer to remain quiescent.
Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together.
It was, indeed, a striking scene: the captain, with his hunter's dress and bald head in the midst, holding forth, and his wild auditors seated around like so many statues, the fire lighting up their painted faces and muscular figures, all fixed and motionless, excepting when the pipe was passed, a question propounded, or a startling fact in statistics received with a movement of surprise and a half-suppressed ejaculation of wonder and delight.
The skeleton dimensions I shall now proceed to set down are copied verbatim from my right arm, where I had them tattooed; as in my wild wanderings at that period, there was no other secure way of preserving such valuable statistics.
Whereas now, in one moment of audition, I take as it were the census and statistics, local, corporeal, mental and spiritual, of every living being in Lineland.
The actions of men are subject to general immutable laws expressed in statistics.
These statistics, however accidental and therefore uninstructive they may appear, as they have a certain completeness, have a certain value also.
Sort of fruit not mentioned; their usual slovenliness in statistics.
I invented a name for the town, a code of laws for the inhabitants, productions, antiquities, chalybeate springs, population, statistics of crime, and so on, while I walked about the streets, looked in at the shop-windows, and attentively examined the Market-place and Town-hall.

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