Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write
– H. G. Wells
Understanding the importance of data, use of proper data in problem formulation, being knowledgeable on the pitfalls in problem formulation and collection of data and interpretation of data are extremely important. These aspects are explained with illustrative examples in this chapter. The understanding one should have on the role of statistics in the analysis of data is also explained with illustrative examples.
Whenever a problem is encountered, it has to be spelt out clearly and unambiguously besides quantitatively. It has ...