Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data. It deals with all aspects of this, including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments.
A statistician is someone who is particularly well versed in the ways of thinking necessary for the successful application of statistical analysis. Such people have often gained this experience through working in any of a wide number of fields. There is also a discipline called mathematical statistics that studies statistics mathematically.
The word statistics, when referring to the scientific discipline, is singular, as in “Statistics is an art.” This should not be confused with the word statistic, referring to a quantity (such as mean or median) calculated from a set of data, whose plural is statistics (“this statistic seems wrong” or “these statistics are misleading”).
Some consider statistics to be a mathematical body of science pertaining to the…


The YouTube Advertiser Wish List: YouTube, Get On This (Part 3)

After we talked about what we'd like YouTube to do for uploaders and viewers, now it's the advertisers' turn. What would they really want out of the YouTube experience if they could make wishes and get it to happen? Consider this Part 3 of The YouTube Wish List, in which we rub our magic lamps and hope the genie has YouTube skills.
The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

Recognizing the Signal and the Noise in Online Video Rankings

What can Nate Silver's "The Signal and the Noise" teach us about online video metrics? While Silver's book doesn't talk about the subject specifically, we can use concepts lined out in the book to better separate the signal from the noise when it comes to the often confusing measurement of online video numbers.