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Data & Statistics

Data vs. Statistics

This guide will help you find statistics and data. Using the term data implies that you want access to a file you can manipulate with programs like SPSS, SAS or R whereas statistics means that you want to find prepared numerical information in the form of pre-prepared tables, figures, percentages and the like.

Frequently, resources that provide statistics also allow you to access the raw data. However, repositories of data are unlikely to contain any statistics. The descriptions of resources included in this guide will help you determine if a resource includes data, statistics or both.

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There are countless sources for statistical information and data. Just knowing where to look can be tricky. The following sources cover a variety of topics, so they are a good place to start.

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