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What is Statistics?

Statistics is described as a mathematical body of science that pertains to the collection, analysis, interpretation or explanation, and presentation of data.

When many people hear the word “statistics,” they think of either sports-related numbers or government released numbers. However, when used properly, statistics can provide valuable ways of understanding complex data and of telling the story behind the data. There are more relationships between you and statistics than you probably imagine.

So, what is statistics? Several informal definitions are offered in the book A Career in Statistics: Beyond the Numbers by Gerald Hahn and Necip Doganaksoy:

  • The science of learning from (or making sense out of) data
  • The theory and methods of extracting information from observational data for solving real-world problems
  • The science of uncertainty
  • The quintessential interdisciplinary science
  • The art of telling a story with [numerical] data

Statistics is used around the world by governments, political parties, civil servants, financial companies, opinion-polling firms, social researchers, news organizations, and so much more.

Statisticians, the scientists who collect and analyze data, work in many areas that touch your life, including the following:

  • Medicine
  • Economics
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Law enforcement
  • Weather forecasting

Statistics is becoming more critical as academia, businesses, and governments come to rely on data-driven decisions, greatly expanding the demand for statisticians.

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Consulting History & Qualifications

Created in 1983, the John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics (CQAS) has achieved international recognition for excellence in the fields of quality management and applied statistics.

Created in 1983, the John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics (CQAS) has achieved international recognition for excellence in the fields of quality management and applied statistics. Dr. John D. Hromi came to RIT in 1981 as the Frederick H. Minnett Distinguished Professor and established the Center for Quality and Applied Statistics. The Center is named in recognition of Dr. Hromi's accomplishments and a new building was dedicated in 1992 with the presence of Dr. Joseph M. Juran, celebrated international authority in industrial statistics and quality control. Dr. Hromi has a well-established reputation as an international authority in industrial statistics and quality control and has addressed conferences around the world.

The real strength of CQAS lies in the knowledge and experience of its professional staff. They are eminent consultants, real-world problem solvers, respected speakers, prominent authors, and active members of professional societies here and abroad. All have industrial or business experience.

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Contact us

The John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics (CQAS) is located in Building 14, the Hugh L. Carey Building.

The John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics (CQAS) is located in Building 14, the Hugh L. Carey Building.  Parking in Lot S is by permit only. You may not park in areas marked Admin, Reserved, or Handicapped.  Your parking pass must be hung from your rear view mirror.

Mailing Address:

Rochester Institute of Technology
The John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics
98 Lomb Memorial Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

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Phone:

585-475-6990

Fax:

585-475-5959

Email:

cqas@rit.edu

 

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