# statistical method

### /stəˌtɪstəkəl ˌmɛθəd/

Other forms: statistical methods

Definitions of statistical method
1. noun
a method of analyzing or representing statistical data; a procedure for calculating a statistic
synonyms: statistical procedure
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least squares, method of least squares
a method of fitting a curve to data points so as to minimize the sum of the squares of the distances of the points from the curve
multivariate analysis
a generic term for any statistical technique used to analyze data from more than one variable
regression, regression toward the mean, simple regression, statistical regression
the relation between selected values of x and observed values of y (from which the most probable value of y can be predicted for any value of x)
multiple correlation, multiple regression
a statistical technique that predicts values of one variable on the basis of two or more other variables
regression analysis
the use of regression to make quantitative predictions of one variable from the values of another
linear regression, rectilinear regression
the relation between variables when the regression equation is linear: e.g., y = ax + b
curvilinear regression
the relation between variables when the regression equation is nonlinear (quadratic or higher order)
correlational analysis
the use of statistical correlation to evaluate the strength of the relations between variables
ANOVA, analysis of variance
a statistical method for making simultaneous comparisons between two or more means; a statistical method that yields values that can be tested to determine whether a significant relation exists between variables
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method
a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps)
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