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STS 232 - Doehler


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Randall Bowman
Archives and Special Collections Department Belk Library Elon University

Large Dataset Archives

Country Data


Society and Lifestyles


Health Statistics

Sites for retrieving US and global health statistics are listed.  Scroll down to see important public health organizations.


Statistics VS Data

Statistics VS Data

Do you know the difference between statistics and data?

Data is the raw information from which statistics are created.  It is usually gathered through studies or surveys.  If you are interested in a phenomenon, or want to answer a "why" or "how" question, you want to use raw data, which is in the form of machine-readable data files or datasets.

Statistics provide an interpretation and summary of data.  If you want to know "how much," you probably want statistical data which usually is displayed in tables or charts and can be numbers or percentages.

Examples of Small Data Sets