WHAT IS STATISTICS Statistics is the science of collection and analyzing of large amounts of data. Statistics is important because it can give a government an idea on what its citizens want changed or if they are doing a good job. I am interested in statistics because it can give me a real time data on an issue I have or something that is happening in the world. Statistics in important to day to day life because it is used all around us and we don’t really notice it, its used in sports to show how well a player is playing, its used in government surveys to show what citizens want changed or keep the same. THE HISTORY The word statistics comes from the Latin word “status” or Italian word “Statista”, the meaning of these words mean “political state”. In 1602 Shakespeare use the word “statist in his play Hamlet. In 1771 Baron B.F. Bieford wrote a book, and statistics was defined as the science that teaches us what is the political arrangement of modern states in the known world. There is a big gap between the old and new statistics, but part of the old is still being used in the modern version. INTERESTING FACTS Alberta is known for 98% of Canada’s oil export. There are 2 types statistics: Descriptive and Inferential. CONCLUSION I learnt that statistics is all around us and we use it every day. Statistics is important because it gives us the stats we need, when we need them. If its not in sports we use it to show what the people think about the government, we use though sales, product/production. BIBLIOGRAPHY http://www.emathzone.com/tutorials/basic-statistics/history-of-statistics.html http://www.energy.alberta.ca/OilSands/791.asp http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/as-sa/fogs-spg/Facts-csdeng.cfm?Lang=Eng&GK=PR&GC=4819038 This is just a good website showing statistics of peace river compared to Canada and Alberta.