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Principles of Statistics (Or, How Statistics Work)
Principles of Statistics (Or, How Statistics Work)
3.1 Introduction

Chapter 2 talked a lot about statistics, but did so without defining what that word means. It instead relied on an everyday intuition that understands statistics as numbers, tables and graphs published in the media, in policy papers, in academic journals and in business reports. A simple example of this sort of statistics is found on the US Census Bureau’s website where it lists the ten most populous countries as of 1 July 2014 (as shown in Table 3.1). To say China had a population of 1,355,692,576 is ...

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