Nowadays, statistics is permeating nearly all areas of life. Whenever someone adds up numbers and draws conclusions from the result, it means that statistics is involved. A good enough reason for citizens to ask themselves the question:

What is statistics in general, and what do surveys and data analyses contribute to our lives?

As simple this question sounds, as complex is an appropriate answer.

Today, statistical methods and thoughtsreverberate in a remarkably wide spectre of applications. To test new pharmaceuticals clinical studies are needed which are not feasible without statistics. Urban and traffic development as well as other realms of infrastructure are based on economic and social statistics data.

The changing age pattern in the population causes a variety of effects, requiring the estimation of the population structure based on demographic and statistical methods.

Furthermore, bioinformatics and genome research is unimaginable without statistics today. The most recent extreme weather events are challenging statisticians and actuarial mathematicians. Economic forecasting requires statistics and econometricsand

not forgetting mathematics as a vital component of statistics.