What is a statistical question?

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A statistical question is a question that can be answered by collecting data and analyzing it using statistical methods. It is a question that anticipates variability in the data and requires numerical information to be answered. A statistical question typically cannot be answered with a definitive “yes” or “no” response.

Some key characteristics of a statistical question are:

Examples of statistical questions:

In contrast, questions that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no” or a definitive statement are not statistical questions. For example, “Is the capital of France Paris?” or “What is the boiling point of water at sea level?” are not statistical questions.

Statistical questions are essential in research, surveys, experiments, and data analysis, as they allow for the collection and analysis of data to gain insights, make comparisons, and draw conclusions about a population or phenomenon.