Research is usually conducted into a theory or circumstance to try and prove fact or reach a conclusion on a subject. The study of the theory, material or discovery aims to find out more about the subject examined, to gain greater understanding of the matter at hand.

By asking people questions, and recording their answers, you will then be left with statistical evidence that will either support or deny the statement made. In this example, if you asked 100 people whether they would rather buy an apple or an orange and 70 people said that they would rather buy an apple, then you have proved the statement to be true.

The statistics would tell you that 70%, or seven out of 10 people, would rather buy an apple than an orange, making the above statement correct. Without these statistics you would not be able to prove the statement and it would be difficult to argue the truth of the statement. Statistics bring proof and clarity to research.

- Why are statistics used?

- Examples of statistical research

By asking people questions, and recording their answers, you will then be left with statistical evidence that will either support or deny the statement made. In this example, if you asked 100 people whether they would rather buy an apple or an orange and 70 people said that they would rather buy an apple, then you have proved the statement to be true.

The statistics would tell you that 70%, or seven out of 10 people, would rather buy an apple than an orange, making the above statement correct. Without these statistics you would not be able to prove the statement and it would be difficult to argue the truth of the statement. Statistics bring proof and clarity to research.