We already have the statistics for the future: the growth percentages of pollution, overpopulation, desertification. The future is already in place.
Politicians use statistics in the same way that a drunk uses lamp-postsfor support rather than illumination.Andrew Lang
There is such a thing as luck. There is such a thing as a run of luck. This is an instructive insight I have gained from poker that all things have a rhythm, even the most seemingly inanimate of statistics.David mamet
I can prove anything by statistics except the truth.George Canning
In general statistics can be considered as the offspring of the theory of probability, it builds on its parent and extends the area of patronymic jurisdiction.richard arnold epstein
To understand God's thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose.Florence Nightingale
If the statistics of any of our cities could be taken on this subject you would find that a vast multitude of women not only support themselves, but masculines also. A great legion of men amount to nothing, and a woman by marriage manacled to one of these nonentities needs condolence. A woman standing outside the marriage relation is several hundred thousand times better off than a woman badly married.thomas de witt talmage
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.mark twain
The customer is usually wrong; but statistics indicate that it doesn't pay to tell him so.aleister crowley
I have been accused of being ignorant of economics (although I am the founder and Chairman of the Board of a company which publishes seven professional economic newsletters), of being ignorant of sociology (although I am trained in sociology and was C. Wright Mills' research assistant at Columbia), of being unable to use statistics (although I earned my living as a professional statistician for five years) and of ignoring political factors (although all my graduate training was in political science).lloyd demause
Price statistics show clearly that instability in raw-material prices is a prime cause of instability of other prices.benjamin graham
Especially in the beginning of the war, the guys who became good soldiers, and good infantry men sort of had to accept that they were dead that they weren't going to get out of it. The statistics were so much their enemy that there wouldn't be much chance that in four or five years, that they would survive it. Some did... and in fact most of the men who got in combat did survive it.james jones
Richard resumed reading the T’Rain Gazette , a daily newspaper (electronic format, of course)... which summarized what had been going on all over T’Rain during the preceding twenty-four hours: Notable achievements, wars, duels, sackings, mortality statistics, plagues, famines...untoward spikes in commodity prices.neal stephenson
Those who are guilty of the argumentum ad ignorantiam profess belief in something because its opposite cannot be proved … In the realm where “prejudice” is now most an issue, it normally takes a form like this: you cannot prove by the method of statistics and quantitative measurement that men are not equal. Therefore all men are equal. … You cannot prove again by the methods of science that one culture is higher than another. Therefore the culture of the Digger Indians is just a good as that of Muncie, Indiana, or thirteenth-century France.richard weaver
By the laws of statistics we could probably approximate just how unlikely it is that it would happen. But people forget especially those who ought to know better, such as yourself that while the laws of statistics tell you how unlikely a particular coincidence is, they state just as firmly that coincidences do happen.
Normal is enormously susceptible to swinging with the gusts of politics and history. Disguised as scientific and fixed, it is subjective and protean. That is why I used the word normative above, a term derived from statistics, simply meaning what most people do.
(Econometrics is) the unification of economic theory, statistics and mathematics .
(Kálmán's) fundamental contributions to modern system theory... provided rigorous mathematical tools for engineering , econometrics, and statistics , and in particular for his invention of the "Kalman filter,"... was critical to achieving the Moon landings and creating the Global Positioning System and which has facilitated the use of computers in control and communications technology.
Herbert A. Simon's scientific output goes far beyond the disciplines in which he has held professorships: political science, administration, psychology and information sciences. He has made contributions in the fields of science theory, applied mathematics, statistics, operations research, economics and business and public administration (and), in all areas in which he has conducted research, Simon has had something of importance to say."
To understand God 's thoughts we must study statistics , for these are the measure of his purpose.
All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile.Chris Hart
After all, facts are facts, and although we may quote one to another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, "Lies damned lies and statistics," still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of. So we may be led to the serious consideration of change by the evolution of materials of conviction which those who run may read, though some who read may wish to run away from them.
statistics began as the systematic study of quantitative facts about the state.ian hacking
We have a large reservoir of engineers (and scientists) with a vast background of engineering know how. They need to learn statistical methods that can tap into the knowledge. statistics used as a catalyst to engineering creation will, I believe, always result in the fastest and most economical progress…george e. p. box