Statistics is the science of collecting, organizing, and interpreting numerical facts, which we call data. Statistical analysis often reveal patterns that may not otherwise be evident. Data bombards us in everyday life. Most of us associate statistics with the bits of data that appear in news reports: baseball batting averages, imported car sales, the latest poll of the president’s popularity, and the average high temperature for today. Advertisements often claim that data show the superiority of the advertiser’s product.
*Why do you think statistics are important in sports?
*How can you use statistics in the future?