# Alternative word for “statistics”?

Statistics seems to mean both numerical records (e.g. "baseball statistics"), and also the analysis of that data (e.g. average, ANOVA, confidence intervals, etc.)

In my work at the moment, I need to deal with statistics in both senses, and it's getting confusing - when someone says "I was working on the stats", I don't know whether they mean they were gathering data, or analysing it!

What is another word for statistics, that differentiates these meanings? I prefer to use statistics to refer the methods of statistical analysis, so is there another way to refer to numerical data? I feel that just using "numerical data" is both cumbersome, and a little too broad.

• By 'another way to refer to numerical data' you mean collection of data? – user66974 May 21 '15 at 8:14
• @Josh61 I mean the data itself: "What are his statistics?" "Well, he's 5'9, 163lb, brown hair..." – Benubird May 21 '15 at 8:18
• Mark Twain had this to say: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." - Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North American Review – amdn May 21 '15 at 9:05

## 1 Answer

I think the term you need is just data:

Data vs Statistics vs Information

• These terms are often used interchangeably, but they are actually very different, as shown in the following table.
• Table: Movie Rentals per Month by University Students

Data:

• 2, 3, 2, 1, 4, 3, etc.
• 10, 15, 12, 14, 18 etc.

Statistics:

• average number of rentals: 2.5
• average number of rentals: 14

Information:

• 20 university students rent fewer than 5 movies per month

• 20 university students rent more than 10 movies per month

Statistics are generally presentation-ready; Data will need to be manipulated in order for it to be meaningful.