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Let's say, there was a bar chart giving 2 different pieces of data for 3 groups.

a bar chart giving 2 different pieces of data for 3 groups


- Monkeys was the ______________ statistic.


If you needed to complete the sentence above with a superlative adjective, what would you fill in the blank?

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    A statistic is a fact or piece of data obtained from a study of a large quantity of numerical data - i.e a value. Your chart gives two such values for each of three different animals, so the number of statistics is equal for each type of animal. What you actually mean is Monkeys were the most common animal. For loose usage you would probably be understood if you said Monkey was the highest statistic, but it's a bit of a roundabout way of expressing things. – FumbleFingers Oct 11 '18 at 15:06
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    @FumbleFingers Quite. "Statistic" is a noun and its adjective "statistical". The comparative and superlative of that is "most statistical" and "most statistical". – WS2 Oct 11 '18 at 15:18
  • I'd say "the most salient" statistic, or better, "the most salient feature". – Dan Bron Oct 11 '18 at 15:59
  • @WS2: I can (just about) imagine the comparative in a context like He takes a more statistical approach to analysis than I do, but other than that the usage makes no sense to me. – FumbleFingers Oct 11 '18 at 16:31
  • Thanks, @FumbleFingers. Your comment is very helpful :) – hbtpoprock Oct 11 '18 at 17:13
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One could easily (and best) use "least/most/more" along with another descriptor that defines the noun "statistic".

-Monkey was the most counted statistic.

-Monkey was the most predictable statistic.

Use of lone superlatives like "lowest", "greatest", or "highest" by themselves might work, but it becomes vague/unclear as to what the superlative refers (the count statistic, the animal category statistic, or the height of the bars in the chart).

-Monkey was the highest statistic.

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