# Importance of Statistics

Topics: Statistics, Sociology, Applied mathematics Pages: 2 (672 words) Published: September 24, 2011
Assigmnment 1
Question 1: Give a comprehensive account of the importance of Statistics to you (i) as a government agent, (ii) as a Public Administrator, (iii) as an individual

Statistics, is study of the systematic collection, organization, and interpretation of data. This includes the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments. Is is therefore safe to say that Statistics, as a discipline, is the development and application of methods to collect, analyze and interpret data for future planning and problem solving.

The common goal of a statistical research project is to investigate causality, that is the is the relationship between an event (the cause) and a second event (the effect) where the second event is understood as a consequence of the first and in particular to draw a conclusion on the effect of changes in the values of predictors or independent variable on dependent variables or response. Modern statistical methods involve the design and analysis of experiments and surveys, the quantification of biological, social and scientific phenomenon and the application of statistical principles to understand more about the world around us. Since data are used in most areas of human endeavor, the theory and methods of modern statistics have been applied to a wide variety of fields. i) As a Government Agent:As a government agent, Statistics is an important tool to help us determine what to advice government. The government needs to know what needs to be done, ways to improve to what is being done we do, where to implements new policies and projects. The rate of population growth, per capital income and whole lot of the other things affecting the welfare and wellbeing of the society. Its helps to identitfy why some things we do work better than others by showing us when they work, how they work, and what elements in them work best. The possibilities are almost endless as we move conditions around for testing...