“It is with data affected by numerous causes that Statistics is mainly concerned. Experiment seeks to disentangle a complex of causes by removing all but one of them, or rather by concentrating on the study of one and reducing the others, as far as circumstances permit, to comparatively small residium. Statistics, denied this resource, must accept for analysis data subject to the influence of a host of causes, and must try to discover from the data themselves which causes are the important ones and how much of the observed effect is due to the operation of each.” G. U. Yule and M. G. Kendall ( 1950 )

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