Wondering what statistics is for? This is what.
Data are a whole lot of meaningful patterns. We can generate data indefinitely, we can exchange data forever… we can store data, retrieve data and file them away. All this is great fun and maybe useful, maybe lucrative, but we have to ask why. The purpose is regulation and that means translating data into information. Information is what changes us. My purpose is to effect change – to impart information.
Platform for Change by Stafford Beer