Skip to Main Content
TWU logo


A guide on finding and using statistical information on different topics.

Librarian Contact

Chat Research Help - AskAway

Chat loading...

What is statistics?

What is statistics? According to Oxford Dictionary of English, it is "the practice or science of collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities, especially for the purpose of inferring proportions in a whole from those in a representative sample." Statistics are found in tables, diagrams, graphs, charts and so on. 

Here is an example of statistics.

Tourism Indicators by Destination British Columbia.

Why statistics is important to research?  

This video below from Statistics Canada gives you an overview.