Statistics (Notes)

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  • Statistics was offered as an Option at the Economics Department, Rangoon University.
  • Statistics became a separate Department under the Faculty of Social Science.
  • Statistics later became a Department of the Institute of Economics.
  • In the early days, some Rangoon University students (e.g. U Soe Myint, Chief Editor of Guardian, GBNF) graduated with the Triple Mathematics Option taking Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics.


  • Dr. Sundaram was the first Professor and Head of the Statistics Department.
    He was a contemporary of Dr. Aye Hlaing and Saw William Paw.
  • Dr. Khin Maung Nyunt succeeded Saya Dr. Sundaram.


  • U Thet Tun and U Kyaw Myint were key personnel at National Planning and CSO.
  • Dr. Myint Tin transferred to Central Statistical Organization (CSO)
  • U Htin Kyaw (Peter Wun) and U Tun Shwe transferred to UCC as Application Programmer/Analyst.
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U Htin Kyaw

Terminology / Concepts

Types of Statistics

  • Parametric Statistics
  • Non-Parametric Statistics.

Statistic used to mean an item of measurement or information.

Datum used to be the singular form of Data.

Basic Operations on Data

  • Collecting
  • Organizing
  • Summarizing
  • Presenting
  • Analyzing


  • Mean (Average)
  • Median (Middle)
  • Mode (Highest occurrence)
  • Standard Deviation
  • Skewness

An old joke: “Have you heard about the Statistician who was drowned while trying to cross a river with an average of three feet?”

Tests and Tools

  • There are Statistical Tests.
    The tests use “significance level” to accept or reject a hypothesis.
    There may be Positive and Negative Errors.
  • An early program is called SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Science).
  • Several programming languages (e.g. Python, R) have libraries, modules and functions to perform statistical calculations and tests.
  • Machine Learning (a branch of Artificial Intelligence) uses various Statistical Programs and Tools.

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