Statistics is a tricky business. The casual reader doesn't understand statistics in any great depth, while the experienced reader often knows a lot about the subject. Balancing between these two extremes is often difficult, and far from natural. The following resource is meant as a guide to writing statistics.
This guide is not meant to teach you statistics, but rather how to use statistics more effectively in your writing. This guide is designed to help you understand both how to write using other people's statistics, and how to write using your own statistics. If you want to learn how to interpret statistics, then take a course taught by a professional. For an excellent beginner's textbook, see Introduction to the Practice of Statistics by David S. Moore and George P. McCabe.
In the casual sense, a statistic is any number that describes a group of objects. There are two main categories of statistics, descriptive and inferential.
Examples of Descriptive Statistics
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Begin looking at places that produce stats.
Here is a general checklist to begin with:
Human rights organizations
Women's rights organizations
Children's rights organizations
Databases like Opposing Viewpoints
Private Sector (usually comes with a fee)