What are Statistics?

Read this brief introduction to the field of statistics and some relevant examples of how statistics can lend credibility to making arguments. Complete the practice questions in these sections.

What are Statistics?


Question 1 out of 2.

Which of the following are part(s) of statistics? Select all that apply.

 numerical calculations
 interpretations and decisions based on the numbers and graphs

Question 2 out of 2.

Higher rates of ice cream consumption and drowning for a city correspond. This leads people to believe that eating ice cream can somehow put you at risk of drowning. Can you think of another interpretation?