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"Statistics Canada hit 100 this year. This month's issue of the StatCan Blog takes a look back at the agency's early days, and casts an eye to the future to examine the road ahead.
Born as the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, Statistics Canada has undergone massive changes since 1918. Back then, Tunney's Pasture—the spot StatCan now calls home—was an actual pasture, with cattle grazing not far from the banks of the Ottawa River.
Today, Tunney's is home to a high-tech hub of data, keeping Canadians up to date on almost every aspect of life in this country."
These terms are often used interchangeably, but they are actually very different, as shown in the following table.
Table: Movie Rentals per Month by University Students
|2, 3, 2, 1, 4, 3, etc.||average number of rentals: 2.5||20 university students rent fewer than 5 movies per month|
|10, 15, 12, 14, 18, etc.||average number of rentals: 14||20 university students rent more than 10 movies per month|
Statistics are generally presentation-ready; Data will need to be manipulated in order for it to be meaningful.
According to Statistics Canada, statistics refers to "a type of information obtained through mathematical operations on numerical data" (Statistics: Power from Data!).
Examples of statistics include:
Yes, "data" is plural! (singular form: datum)
According to Statistics Canada, data are "the raw material from which information is obtained" or the "facts or figures from which conclusions can be drawn" (Statistics: Power from Data!)
The Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) makes available specific datasets and files, including public use microdata files (PUMFs), to subscribing Canadian post-secondary institutions. The annual subscription fee allows faculty, students, and staff at these institutions unlimited access to these files for research and academic purposes. (DLI Licence)
Access these files directly via ODESI.