Mathematics vs Statistics - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between mathematics and statistics

is that mathematics is an abstract representational system used in the study of numbers, shapes, structure, change and the relationships between these concepts while statistics is (singular in construction) a mathematical science concerned with data collection, presentation, analysis, and interpretation.

mathematics

English

(wikipedia mathematics)

Alternative forms

* mathematicks (obsolete)

Noun

(-)
• An abstract representational system used in the study of numbers, shapes, structure, change and the relationships between these concepts.
• * 2001 , David Salsburg, The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century , page 8
• In many cases, the mathematics involved are deep and complicated.
• * 2002 , Ian Stewart, Does God Play Dice?: The New Mathematics of Chaos , page 38
• The answer is 'yes', and the mathematics needed is the theory of probability and its applied cousin, statistics.
• A person's ability to count, calculate, and use different systems of mathematics at differing levels.
• My mathematics is not very good.
Their mathematics are not very good.
Their mathematics is not very good.

Usage notes

* Before the beginning of the 20th century, it was proper to say "My mathematics are not very good".

Synonyms

* (ability to use mathematics) numeracy * abbreviation: maths * See also

Derived terms

* applied mathematics * astromathematics * biomathematics * discrete mathematics * ethnomathematics * metamathematics * pseudomathematics * pure mathematics * recreational mathematics

* (wikipedia "mathematics") * (Definitions of mathematics) * polymath

statistics

English

(wikipedia statistics)

Alternative forms

* statisticks (obsolete)

Noun

(statistics)
• (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