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What is primarily common between music and statistics? I think it is the fact that a musician is imagining and creating musical patterns during a composition. Statistics, on the other hand, is the science of exploring and studying patterns in numerical data. Musical data are certainly numerical in character as they pertain to pitch, onset and departure of notes, loudness, timbral characteristics, etc. All these can be subjected to a careful statistical analysis. I have also worked, and am still working, with a team of doctors and another statistician studying the therapeutic impact of Hindustani ragas on patients with brain injury, and I can assure you that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to establish the aforesaid impact without a sound statistical analysis, even if we all know music can heal.
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