What is the difference between statistics and data?
The terms "data" and "statistics" are often used interchangeably. However, in practice, they mean two different things. Data is the information from which statistics are derived. Statistics is the interpretation of data using data analysis. Statistics are the numbers and percentages found in academic journal articles, magazines, and newspapers. Data sets must be collected or downloaded and independently analyzed.
You need data if:
You need statistics if:
This How-To guide is a compilation of many different external websites that provide statistics and downloadable data sets.