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How to find information about datasets

Data or statistics?

  • Data is the raw information from which statistics are created.
  • Raw data is the direct result of research that was conducted as part of a study, an experiment or survey. It is a primary source. It usually comes in the form of a digital data set that can be analyzed using software such as Excel, SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences), SAS (Statistical Analysis System), and so on.
  • Datasets are groupings of data collected and arranged in a set manner.
  • Statistics provide an interpretation and summary of data. Statistics are the result of data analysis.