In regular conversation, you will find both words data and statistics are used interchangeably. In the world of libraries, academia, and research there is an important distinction. Data is the raw information from which statistics are created. Put in reverse, statistics provide an interpretation or summary of data.
A statistics will answer “how much” or “how many”. Statistics are the result of data analysis and usually comes in the form of a table or chart. However please note that some articles will include statistics in the form of percentages.
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