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Data or Statistics?

Are you are looking for data or statistics?

Data consists of raw information, either quantitative or qualitative. Statistics are calculated from data.

For example, you might see a table showing the number of people who voted in the 2012 elections, with one number for each state. This is data. That data could then be used to calculate a statistic -- for example the average number of people who voted across all the states.

Knowing which type of information you're looking for is important -- it will greatly aid in your search!


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