# Definition:Descriptive Statistics

## Contents

## Definition

**Descriptive statistics** is the phase of statistics whose task is to collect, analyze and summarize data about statistical samples, without drawing conclusions or inferences about the populations from which those samples are taken.

## Also known as

**Descriptive statistics** is also known as **deductive statistics**.

## Also see

- Definition:Inductive Statistics, in which those conclusions and inferences are made.

- Results about
**descriptive statistics**can be found here.

## Sources

- 1961: Murray R. Spiegel:
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