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Definition of statistician

: one versed in or engaged in compiling statistics

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Recent Examples on the Web Over 2 years, Jackson and List assembled a team of statisticians, psychologists, and linguists to analyze the CLICS data in the largest ever study of its kind. Catherine Matacic, Science | AAAS, "What is love? It depends which language you speak," 19 Dec. 2019 Sagarin, a sports statistician known for his development of a method for rating sports teams, has UTSA ranked 151st. Nick Talbot,, "More than wins, losses could determine Frank Wilson’s fate at UTSA," 20 Nov. 2019 The flawed interpretations of the original paper fell afoul of what statisticians call the ecological fallacy, when an inference is made about an individual based on statistical data for a group. The Economist, "Medical marijuana is not the way out of America’s opioid crisis," 24 June 2019 Scientists have solved a 50-year-old mechanics problem that could change how statisticians run simulations and draw conclusions. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Solve 50-Year-Old Mechanics Problem," 14 Jan. 2020 Since 1925, when the British statistician Ronald Fisher first suggested the convention, that threshold has typically been set at five per cent. Hannah Fry, The New Yorker, "What Statistics Can and Can’t Tell Us About Ourselves," 2 Sep. 2019 In August 2017, in response to a recent surge in home runs, MLB empaneled a committed of physicists, statisticians and mathemeticians and other experts to examine the possible impact of the ball itself on the increase in homers. Dan Gartland,, "MLB Study Concludes Changes to Ball Contributed to Home Run Surge," 24 May 2018 At the time the Brooklyn Dodgers were evidently the only team with its own statistician: Allan Roth tracked the performances of the Dodgers’ players in a variety of situations., "NEW YORK — Seymour Siwoff, a pioneer in bringing statistical analysis to the sports world who chronicled feats from the epic to the arcane through seven decades as the head of the Elias Sports Bureau, died Friday at his home in New York City. He was 99.," 2 Dec. 2019 College basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy released his preseason rankings on Sunday and had the Musketeers slotted at No. Adam Baum,, "Xavier Musketeers basketball opens at No. 19 in AP preseason poll," 21 Oct. 2019

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Statistician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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: a person who collects and studies statistics

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