sta·​tis·​ti·​cal | \stə-ˈti-sti-kəl \

Definition of statistical 

: of, relating to, based on, or employing the principles of statistics statistical analysis

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statistically \ stə-​ˈti-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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One is that administrative data sets can include many more people and observations than is practical in a household survey, giving researchers the statistical power to run more detailed studies. The Economist, "Plunging response rates to household surveys worry policymakers," 24 May 2018 In other words, insurers in this country must prove their rates are fair through statistical and financial data as well as real-world proof. Chuck Tannert, Popular Mechanics, "Why All That Driver Safety Tech Might Not Make Your Car Insurance Cheaper After All," 9 Feb. 2018 Polls show Jealous and Baker in a statistical tie heading into the primary on Tuesday. Erin Cox,, "Democrats running for Maryland governor would run starkly different campaigns against Hogan," 22 June 2018 Recent polling showed the candidates — who are not related despite sharing the same last name — in a statistical tie heading into the vote. Javier Cordoba, Fox News, "Costa Ricans split over gay marriage vote for next president," 1 Apr. 2018 Experts challenged the statistical methods in the 2016 study, setting off a firestorm into which now step Barbi and Lagona. Elie Dolgin, Scientific American, "There's No Limit to Longevity, Says Study Reviving Human Life Span Debate," 1 July 2018 Then, last year, researchers used new statistical methods that can detect strong associations between genes and specific traits to analyze health and genetic records in huge data sets. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Hundreds of new genes may underlie intelligence—but also autism and depression," 25 June 2018 An actuary is a professional who applies mathematics and statistical methods to assess risk. Erika Rose, Post-Tribune, "IU Northwest actuarial science students reach finals in international competition," 7 June 2018 Basu and his team believe the statistical methods, in addition to the data sets, also need to be upgraded to improve the accuracy of risk estimates. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "More than 11 million Americans prescribed wrong dose of common drugs, scientists say," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of statistical

1784, in the meaning defined above

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