Social Statistics: Mathematics Meets Policy

Moore, David S.; Verma, Vijay
March 2000
UMAP Journal;Spring2000, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p35
Academic Journal
The article presents information on statistical systems evolved by statisticians to produce and provide accurate and timely data. However, the application of statistical methods poses practical difficulties many times. The positive thing is that the practice and technique of statistical sampling is highly developed. There may be certain variations in statistical techniques among various nations. That is the reason that comparing data between different countries becomes difficult at times. Conclusions are drawn about a whole on the basis of a part. The entire group, or whole is called the population and the part on which conclusions are based is called the sample. Sampling, is done by governments of various countries to seek economic and social data. However, the reliability of the sample data rests on the method used to select the sample and on the sample size.


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