STATISTICS POLAND’S DAY
„Save the date” is a series of articles that have been written to celebrate various unusual holidays. The authors of the presented materials are students, doctoral students and employees of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Silesia.
9 March is the Statistics Poland’s Day
Statistically speaking, short articles of any kind are more likely to be read by your audience. Briefly – but succinctly – about statistics from a mathematical point of view, Agnieszka Kulawik, PhD says.
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AGNIESZKA KULAWIK, PhD
Statistically speaking, short articles of any kind are more likely to be read by your audience. Briefly – but succinctly – about statistics from a mathematical point of view.
Today we celebrate the Statistics Poland’s Day. What is a statistic anyway? Maybe not everyone knows that it has several meanings. First, it is a science that describes and analyses all kinds of phenomena. Secondly, statistics are sets of properly grouped data. On the other hand, in mathematics, statistics is a certain function.
In that case, you can ask yourself: the holiday of which statistics are we celebrating today?
The answer is very simple: each of them. But why? All three definitions of statistics are closely related. Statistics in the mathematical sense is a function thanks to which we have a theory that allows for scientific inference about selected properties of the studied characteristics in the general population on the basis of a random sample, i.e. based on data. Such data analysis, and hence the description of the phenomenon, is also statistics. We make a description, analysis or inference on the basis of the aforementioned data, i.e. a set of information, and therefore based on statistics. And if someone knows other meanings of statistics, then most likely they are also related to the above.
As you can see a lot is hidden behind the statistics and it is really worth taking a closer look at it. Personally, I am most captivated by the way it is applied in many sciences and areas of life.