# Statistic vs. Fact

## Statistic and Fact Definitions

#### Statistic

A numerical piece of information.

#### Fact

Knowledge or information based on real occurrences
An account based on fact.
A blur of fact and fancy.

#### Statistic

A calculated numerical value (such as the sample mean) that characterizes some aspect of a sample set of data, and that is often meant to estimate the true value of a corresponding parameter (such as the population mean) in an underlying population.

#### Fact

Something demonstrated to exist or known to have existed
Genetic engineering is now a fact. That Chaucer was a real person is an undisputed fact.

#### Statistic

One viewed solely as a piece of statistical or numerical information
Got laid off and became another statistic in the slumping economy.

#### Fact

A real occurrence; an event
Had to prove the facts of the case.

#### Statistic

Alternative form of statistical

#### Fact

Something believed to be true or real
A document laced with mistaken facts.

#### Statistic

A single item in a statistical study.

#### Fact

A thing that has been done, especially a crime
An accessory before the fact.

#### Statistic

A quantity calculated from the data in a sample, which characterises an important aspect in the sample (such as mean or standard deviation).

#### Fact

(Law) A conclusion drawn by a judge or jury from the evidence in a case
A finding of fact.

#### Statistic

A person, or personal event, reduced to being an item of statistical information.
By dying from an overdose, he became just another statistic.

#### Fact

Something actual as opposed to invented.
In this story, the Gettysburg Address is a fact, but the rest is fiction.

#### Statistic

Of or pertaining to statistics; as, statistical knowledge; statistical tabulation.

#### Fact

Something which is real.
Gravity is a fact, not a theory.

#### Statistic

A datum that can be represented numerically

#### Fact

Something concrete used as a basis for further interpretation.
Let's look at the facts of the case before deciding.

#### Fact

An objective consensus on a fundamental reality that has been agreed upon by a substantial number of experts.
There is no doubting the fact that the Earth orbits the Sun.

#### Fact

Information about a particular subject, especially actual conditions and/or circumstances.

#### Fact

(databases) An individual value or measurement at the lowest level of granularity in a data warehouse.

#### Fact

(archaic) Action; the realm of action.

#### Fact

A wrongful or criminal deed.
He had become an accessory after the fact.

#### Fact

(obsolete) A feat or meritorious deed.

#### Fact

Used before making a statement to introduce it as a trustworthy one.

#### Fact

A doing, making, or preparing.
A project for the fact and vendingOf a new kind of fucus, paint for ladies.

#### Fact

An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance.
What might instigate him to this devilish fact, I am not able to conjecture.
He who most excels in fact of arms.

#### Fact

Reality; actuality; truth; as, he, in fact, excelled all the rest; the fact is, he was beaten.

#### Fact

The assertion or statement of a thing done or existing; sometimes, even when false, improperly put, by a transfer of meaning, for the thing done, or supposed to be done; a thing supposed or asserted to be done; as, history abounds with false facts.
I do not grant the fact.
This reasoning is founded upon a fact which is not true.

#### Fact

A piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred;
First you must collect all the facts of the case

#### Fact

A statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened;
He supported his argument with an impressive array of facts

#### Fact

An event known to have happened or something known to have existed;
Your fears have no basis in fact
How much of the story is fact and how much fiction is hard to tell

#### Fact

A concept whose truth can be proved;
Scientific hypotheses are not facts