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Consult documentation and definitions about your source of data or statistics, e.g., where did it come from, how was the data measured and defined (and  collected)?

See the DATA and Odesi  tab above --Odesi allows you to download data, or create your own tables from data. 

Odesi provides survey data from Statistics Canada and ICPSR, public opinion polls, and other sources.

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Welcome to the Data and Statistics research guide!

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Data or statistics?

When to use ...

Data? Use data to analyse hundreds or thousands of observations in order to support or refute your hypothesis.

 

Data example:

RecID

Wght_per

Agegr10

Chh014c

101

220.8967

3

2

102

276.2045

5

0

104

235.3051

6

1

105

550.7448

4

3

106

78.0918

2

0

107

482.7007

7

0

108

124.9574

3

1


According to Statistics Canada, data can be viewed as "the raw material from which information is obtained" or "facts or figures from which conclusions can be drawn." (Information adapted from Statistics: Power from Data!)

 

Statistics? Use statistics as background or
supporting information and to add weight to your research.


Statistics example:

 

totals

Quebec

Ontario

population

7,546,130

12,160,285

male

3,687,695

5,930,700

female

3,858,440

6,229,580

male, aged 0-4

191,565

343,475

female, aged 0-4

183,710

327,290

mother tongue, French

5,877,660

488,815



Statistics are a presentation-ready form of data.
Statistics represent a method of presenting numerical
data. They 
are obtained through mathematical
operations on numerical data. Statistics are usually presented in form of tables, charts, graphs etc. 
(Information adapted from
Statistics: Power
from Data!
)

Table source: Statistics Canada. 2007. Ontario, Quebec (tables).
2006 Community Profiles. 2006 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no.
92-591-XWE. Ottawa. Released March 13, 2007.
http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Index.cfm?Lang=E (accessed August 22, 2008).

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