5 Ways In Which Statistics Simplifies Our Lives

Did you know everyone uses statistics some way or the other? Researchers, acadermicians, scientists, marketeers, investors-all rely on statistics to churn out data to prove or disprove their hypothesis. It is only because of this research that we get warnings before tornadoes and hurricanes, and doctors are able to test the effectiveness of a drug.

So, this National Statistics Day, we thought we’ll get you acquainted with statistics better. We’ll take you through how we use statistics in our daily life without even realising it.

Why is it Celebrated?

Despite the existence of World Statistics Day, our country observes its own Statistics Day every year on 29th June. The Union Government designated this day back in 2007 on the birth anniversary of Late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis . The day recognizes the notable contributions made by him in the field of statistics, statistical system, and economic planning. Professor Mahalanobis also founded the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) that paved the way for statistical development in our country.

Does it affect us?

A big and resounding, yes! We use statistics in our daily life without even knowing it. It works very subtly, behind the scenes to simplify our lives. So, what is statistics? It is a branch of mathematics that deals with the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of numerical data. However complex this might sound, statistics, with its team of mean, median, and mode helps us in drawing meaningful insights in life. Here are a few examples to give you a better idea:

1. Weather:

We all keep track of the weather with daily weather forecasts. But, predicting it is much more than an educated guess. Computer models built on statistical concepts compare the past and present weather conditions to predict the future weather. It is only this data that gives us accurate results and the confidence to step out without an umbrella.

1. Disease Prediction/Prevention:

With the advancement in technology, we can now analyse and take preventive measures against many diseases. For instance, studies show that 85 to 95 percent of lung cancers are due to smoking. These studies are based on statistical research, warning us before time to mend our ways.

1. Economy:

Statistics plays a vital role in attaining National Development goals based on statistical indices such as GDP (Gross Domestic Product), inflation rate, poverty headcount, and per capita income. It enables economic planning by collecting data on both, human and natural resources. It also helps the governing bodies to create transparent and accountable policies to achieve their economic goals.

1. Sports:

Sports and statistics go hand-in-hand too. Data Analysis is often used on players to record their performances. Did you know the analytics of data in professional cricket is called ‘Criclytics’? It helps in keeping track of each player’s performance, measuring their calorie intake, level of training, and their performance based on different pitches. All this data is then used to provide suggestions for the overall development of the player.

1. Education:

Last but not least, statistics is used in the field of education as well. Teachers today not only teach statistics as a subject but also apply it in their classrooms. They measure and evaluate a student’s performance objectively. For instance, an aptitude test in an OMR format is much more effective in arriving at a conclusion. The teachers gain insight into the student’s mind and offer solutions as per their personality and preferences.

Would you have ever thought that statistics was simplifying our lives so much? Next time, don’t run away from statistics in class. Embrace it with open arms and get your basics right. Who knows, you might be the next Professor Mahalanobis who brings about a revolution in the country?