A lot of information around us is in the form of numerical data. For example, customer surveys, political polls, economic predictions, the Consumer Price Index, and health, education, housing and sports statistics.
Statistics is a tool to help us cope with this information and understand the story behind the numbers.
Statistics is defined as ‘numbers that have been collected in order to provide information’ or ‘the science of collecting and analysing these numbers’. (Oxford Learner's Dictionary)
Statistical literacy is the ability to make sense of numerical information or data
Why it's important to be statistically literate
Depending on the course you’re studying you may be required to:
- Collect, organise and analyse data.
- Present data in your assignments.
- Interpret data presented in charts, tables, and graphs.
- Estimate probability.
- Make predictions based on available data.
Help with stats
Probability and statistics - Khan Academy (opens in new window)
The language of stats
Understanding the language of statistics will help you do stats. This means knowing what the terms and symbols mean and how to read and interpret graphs, tables, surveys and studies.
Glossary of statistical terms - TKI, Ministry of Education (opens in new window)
Glossary of statistical terms - Statistics.com (opens in new window)