Academia.SE is working on retagging statistics and I was trying to figure out if I was missing a word on the tip of my tongue. Here's the original thread.

These are the three definitions for statistics we have:

  • Questions on "standards and conventions specific to statistics as an academic discipline, and programs leading to a degree in this field." For example, Should I do a PhD or Master in Statistics for a career in Data Science?
  • Questions on "the use of statistics in academic research. Statistics is the science of collecting, analyzing and drawing inference from data." For example, Should I cite all R packages I used? This is the use currently specified by the tag wiki excerpt, which reflected the actual use of the tag at the time that I last edited it, but doesn't seem to now.
  • Questions asking for statistics about research or academia. For example, Can you get statistical data on research paper submissions and publications?

I've proposed the first two as statistics discipline and statistics in research.

The one in bold is the one I am struggling to come up with an appropriate word for. I would prefer that it be a noun. I proposed statistics-meta (metastatistics), but that is probably more confusing than it needs to be. I'm looking for a word that can be used similar to the two I've written above that relates to the last bullet point. Is there a word for this?

  • "Statistical practice"?
    – The Photon
    Jan 9, 2015 at 15:45
  • 1
    Academic statistics?
    – ermanen
    Jan 9, 2015 at 16:15
  • In statistics, there is the term meta-analysis, which sort of aligns with this notion.
    – jxh
    Jan 9, 2015 at 20:48
  • For a tag I'd go for statistics-request. Jul 7, 2015 at 8:27

3 Answers 3


It's already present in the question (in your example), but have you considered:

statistics about research or academia can be summed up as

statistical data

As the fact it's about research or academia is already fairly clear in the context


At least for research papers and books you can use the term — bibliographic data.

For citations you can use the terms citation index or citation data.


I would argue that it is still important to present the field in the same manner you present your other fields. (Unless you plan on changing your other fields to "biology discipline", etc.)

  1. Statistics
  2. statistical science
  3. statistical data

In contrast (or possibly at the same time), it may be more useful to break the single original "statistics" into two separate tags rather than trying to give it one tag. The usefulness of tags is often on including more information with a single tag rather than excluding more.

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