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p. 11. Surrounded by statisticslocked

  • David J. Hand

Abstract

‘Surrounded by statistics’ charts the revolution of statistics from a dry, Victorian discipline to a high-tech field which pervades nearly all aspects of life. Many definitions of ‘statistics’ exist. Essentially though, it is the technology of extracting meaning from data and uncertainty. Incorrect use of statistics, mixed with the nature of science itself, means that statistics are treated with suspicion and fear by some. Statistics is only around 200 years old, and has gone through three main phases: discursive, mathematical, and computational. Other fields have also sprung up, and have created the broader field of greater statistics. Modern statistics is investigative, and has applications in all walks of life.

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