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DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS

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French Equivalent: Statistique descriptive

Definition:
A term used to denote statistical data of a descriptive kind or the methods of handling such data, as contrasted with theoretical statistics which, though dealing with practical data, usually involve some process of inference in probability for their interpretation.

The distinction is very useful in practice but not, perhaps, entirely logical.

Source Publication:
A Dictionary of Statistical Terms, 5th edition, prepared for the International Statistical Institute by F.H.C. Marriott. Published for the International Statistical Institute by Longman Scientific and Technical.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Sunday, May 19, 2002

Last updated on Monday, March 03, 2003