Headings on this page :
1. Useful sources of statistical information
- eg links to websites , organisations, reports, books
This page is an introduction to statistics - with background information.
For statistics (facts and figures) on clothing collections, charity shops, recycling etc
see the Statistics page.
A coloured, exploded 3D pie chart
You can compile statistics two ways :
Using the latter (just basic arithmetic), you can devise reliable and revealing statistics (estimates) - so long as it's done carefully and you use common sense.
A simple technique is "back-of-the-envelope calculation" (=BOTE) - see the Wikipedia page on Back-of-the-envelope calculation
The eminent scientist (physicist) Enrico Fermi used this method a lot.
See also the Wikipedia page on guesstimates: Guesstimate
Pie charts and histograms
You can display figures as a list, but often it's better to do it as a table (=rows and columns).
Also, it helps if they're presented 'visually' - using graphics, eg pie charts or histograms
Some of these links above also deal with the issue of presentation of information in general - one of our pet interests (we should get out more). In turn, these topics lead on to the issue of plain English - and effective communication. See our Plain English page. Also please see our page on Style (written English and presentation).