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statistical methods

Edited by Andrew Butterfield, Gerard Ekembe Ngondi and Anne Kerr

in A Dictionary of Computer Science

Seventh edition

Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780199688975
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191768125
statistical methods

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Methods of collecting, summarizing, analysing, and interpreting variable numerical data. Statistical methods can be contrasted with *deterministic methods, which are appropriate where observations are exactly reproducible or are assumed to be so. While statistical methods are widely used in the life sciences, in economics, and in agricultural science, they also have an important role in the physical sciences in the study of measurement errors, of random phenomena such as radioactivity or meteorological events, and in obtaining approximate results where deterministic solutions are hard to apply....

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Subjects: Computing

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