Definition
of statistics by BRITANNICA is-

Statistics
is the science of collecting, analyzing, presenting, and interpreting data.
Governmental needs for census data as well as information about a variety of
economic activities provided much of the early impetus for the field of
statistics. Currently the need to turn the large amounts of data available in
many applied fields into useful information has stimulated both theoretical and
practical developments in statistics.

Statistics
is a very complex and challenging field. Most scientists we know have a
moderately sophisticated understanding of statistics, many know far more of
statistics than we, although some apparently less. However, most large studies
consult with statisticians who are experts in statistical analysis.

I
believe that statistics
can be a science in the same sense as physics. The fact that it is split into
two branches, frequency and Bayesian, is unsettling. There is no consensus
among statisticians on some fundamental issues. This means that users of
statistics must apply their own judgment - they cannot fully rely on results of
research performed by statisticians in the same way that they can do it in an
idealized science that I described above. Statistics does not generate
intellectual material of the same kind as in historical research or art so it
should try to evolve in the direction of natural sciences such as physics, in
terms of consensus.

Statistical
analysis is just another tool of modern science – it is part of the technology
of science. And like all things, there is a wide variation in quality and
understand across individuals, and what filters down to the public is generally
oversimplified to the point of being wrong.

Statistics
is a very complex area of science and mathematics and much of the problem is
that many scientists themselves don’t understand statistics well enough,
because of how they view it. Statistics is sometimes viewed as an obstacle to
get to the science, but in reality its part of it.

Some
people say that,

The
problem is that new software packages have made it easy to apply statistical
tests even in situations where understanding them is difficult, or they might
not be needed at all. Many people have this notion that. Because it is so easy,
many people just tack this sort of thing onto the end of papers.

The
thing to keep in mind is that each statistical test looks for different aspects
of the data and you have to understand what they do in order to determine if
the test is appropriate and if the results will be meaningful.

So
we can easily say statistcs
is a science.

Statistics is necessary but complex tool used to achieve success in various fields.It very difficult to determine whether it is a science or maths or arts.

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