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Core Sources of Statistics

Statistics are the results of data analysis.  Statistics can be reported as numbers or percentages and often come in the form of a summary table or chart.  Statistics will answer the questions “how much” or “how many” so they are what you look for when you need a quick number.

Core Sources of Data(sets)

Data is the raw information from which statistics are created.  Raw data is the direct result of research that was conducted as part of a study or survey. It is a primary source. Data can be analyzed and interpreted using statistical procedures to answer the questions “why” or “how.” Data is used to create new information and knowledge. Data usually comes in the form of a digital dataset or machine-readable file that can be analyzed using software such as Excel, SPSS, SAS, and so on.

Sometimes you will collect your own data. These sources provide assistance on methodologies for collecting data and assistance in analysis.

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