stat·​is·​ti·​cian | \ ˌsta-tə-ˈsti-shən How to pronounce statistician (audio) \

Definition of statistician

: one versed in or engaged in compiling statistics

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Union lawyers countered with their own statistician, Christian Tregillis, who said American was overstating backups in the maintenance system. Dallas News, "American Airlines, mechanics spar in court over who's responsible for delayed and canceled flights," 1 July 2019 The longest period of continuous decline on record was from 1958 to 1968, according to Brady E. Hamilton, a statistician and demographer with the National Center for Health Statistics. Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, "U.S. Fertility Rate Fell to a Record Low, for a Second Straight Year," 16 May 2018 Question 2 The graph below is the basis of an insight originally articulated by the eminent statistician and evolutionist Sir Ronald Fisher. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Which Forecasts Are True?’," 26 Oct. 2016 Heart disease was once on course to fall below cancer as the nation’s leading cause of death, a change public-health statisticians most recently predicted would occur by 2020. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Heart Attack at 49—America’s Biggest Killer Makes a Deadly Comeback," 21 June 2019 Erik Gerlach, South Dakota’s state statistician, describes other factors affecting farmers: low prices for corn and soybeans, tariffs, and uncertainty surrounding disaster and trade relief packages. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Weather woes cause American corn farmers to throw in the towel," 18 June 2019 Month-to-month data reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown a leveling off in deaths, said Bob Anderson, a CDC senior statistician. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?," 28 Jan. 2019 According to various tests of statistical significance, each of these indicators’ track records is significant at the 95% confidence level that statisticians often use when assessing whether a pattern is genuine. Mark Hulbert, WSJ, "The Eight Best Predictors of the Long-Term Market," 5 Aug. 2018 In fact, a few exist: Samuel Temple, a statistician for AT&T, is running in the crowded Republican primary for the same open seat as Kopser. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "2018 is the year of scientists running for Congress," 4 Mar. 2018

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of statistician

: a person who collects and studies statistics

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