Sta*tis"tics (?), n. [Cf. F. statistique, G. statistik. See State, n.]
The science which has to do with the collection and classification of certain facts respecting the condition of the people in a state.
[In this sense gramatically singular.]
Classified facts respecting the condition of the people in a state, their health, their longevity, domestic economy, arts, property, and political strength, their resources, the state of the country, etc., or respecting any particular class or interest; especially, those facts which can be stated in numbers, or in tables of numbers, or in any tabular and classified arrangement.
The branch of mathematics which studies methods for the calculation of probabilities.
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