Introduction or ‘What is statistics?’


Often the best way to understand a subject is to trace its historical development and, pursuing this policy, we note that the word ‘statist’ first appeared in the English language while Shakespeare was a young man (c. 1584). It meant ‘a person knowledgeable in state affairs’ as might be inferred from the quotation above.


Historical Development English Language Vital Statistic Agricultural Experiment Wheat Yield 
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© C. Mack 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Mack
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of TechnologyBradfordUK

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