• On October 20, 2010, the United Nations first celebrated World Statistics Day. Statistics is the collection and analysis of sets of numbers. 
    Statisticians compile accurate data from reliable sources. They create valuable, objective information for fields as varied as sports, economics, transportation, and health care.
    Statistics combines elements of both mathematics and social science. Statisticians may measure the number of people who visit certain websites, how many political candidates are women, trends in the stock market, rates of deforestation, or patterns in disease and use of health-care services.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    accurate Adjective


    analysis Noun

    process of studying a problem or situation, identifying its characteristics and how they are related.

    celebrate Verb

    to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

    compile Verb

    to put together.

    data Plural Noun

    (singular: datum) information collected during a scientific study.

    deforestation Noun

    destruction or removal of forests and their undergrowth.

    disease Noun

    harmful condition of a body part or organ.

    economics Noun

    study of monetary systems, or the creation, buying, and selling of goods and services.

    element Noun

    part of something.

    health care Noun

    system for addressing the physical health of a population.

    mathematics Noun

    study of the relationships between numbers, quantities, shapes, and spaces.

    measure Verb

    to determine the numeric value of something, often in comparison with something else, such as a determined standard value.

    objective Adjective


    political candidate Noun

    person who is seeking to be elected to public office.

    rate Noun

    amount of one thing in comparison to another thing, often used as a measurement.

    reliable Adjective

    dependable or consistent.

    social science Noun

    study that focuses on people, culture, and society.

    sport Noun

    athletic activity.

    statistics Noun

    the collection and analysis of sets of numbers.

    stock market Noun

    place where partial ownership of companies, goods, and services (stocks, bonds, and securities) are bought and sold.

    transportation Noun

    movement of people or goods from one place to another.

    United Nations Noun

    international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.

    valuable Adjective

    worth a considerable amount of money or esteem.