Mathematical vs Statistics - What's the difference?

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As a adjective mathematical

is of, or relating to mathematics.

As a noun statistics is

(singular in construction) a mathematical science concerned with data collection, presentation, analysis, and interpretation.




(en adjective)
  • Of, or relating to mathematics
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  • * 1897 , (Thomas Hardy), (The Well-Beloved)
  • Smaller and smaller she waned up the rigid mathematical road, still gazing at the soldier aloft, as Pierston gazed at her.
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  • Although Galileo had designed a pendulum clock, he never actually constructed one. The first pendulum clock was constructed by the Dutch physicist Christian Huygens (1629–1695) in 1657. He also developed the mathematical theory of the pendulum. Newton also studied the motion of a pendulum and experimented with pendulums made of different materials and of different lengths.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Sarah Glaz
  • , title= Ode to Prime Numbers , volume=101, issue=4, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Some poems, echoing the purpose of early poetic treatises on scientific principles, attempt to elucidate the mathematical' concepts that underlie prime numbers. Others play with primes’ cultural associations. Still others derive their structure from ' mathematical patterns involving primes.}}
  • Possible but highly improbable
  • statistics

    Alternative forms

    * statisticks (obsolete)


  • (singular in construction) A mathematical science concerned with data collection, presentation, analysis, and interpretation.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2012-01
  • , author=Robert L. Dorit , title=Rereading Darwin , volume=100, issue=1, page=23 , magazine= citation , passage=We live our lives in three dimensions for our threescore and ten allotted years. Yet every branch of contemporary science, from statistics to cosmology, alludes to processes that operate on scales outside of human experience: the millisecond and the nanometer, the eon and the light-year.}}
    Statistics is the only mathematical field required for many social sciences.
  • (plural in construction) A systematic collection of data on measurements or observations, often related to demographic information such as population counts, incomes, population counts at different ages, etc.
  • The statistics from the Census for apportionment are available.
  • English plurals
  • Synonyms

    * stats (informal)

    Derived terms

    (terms derived from statistics) * applied statistics * astrostatistics * biostatistics * defense-independent pitching statistics * descriptive statistics * geostatistics * inferential statistics * lexicostatistics * mathematical statistics * parastatistics * phonostatistics * photostatistics * statistician * stats * stylostatistics * superstatistics * thermostatistics * vital statistics

    See also