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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

## What is a statistic?

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What is a statistic? Here is my definition:

A statistic is numerical information

I believe that all statistics come in the form of numbers. For example, imagine that somebody asks you for Willie Mays' career baseball statistics. In this situation, you would not describe his swing or his mindset towards baseball. Instead, you would provide a few numbers that describe his career output.

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