Statistics Dictionary

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Statistical Experiment

All statistical experiments have three things in common:

  • The experiment can have more than one possible outcome.
  • Each possible outcome can be specified in advance.
  • The outcome of the experiment depends on chance.

A coin toss has all the attributes of a statistical experiment. There is more than one possible outcome. We can specify each possible outcome in advance - heads or tails. And there is an element of chance. We cannot know the outcome until we actually flip the coin.

See also:   Statistical Experiments