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Updated: February 18, 2021
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Understanding Sample Statistic in Finance


Sample Statistic refers to the descriptive measure about a sample that is being observed from a population. The goal is to make a statement or inference about a population with a reasonable amount of confidence.

Examples of sample statistics for stocks include: median sales, standard deviation of net income per share or mean debt-to-equity ratio.

Synonym: statistic

For context, the following saying applies to a related term population parameter, "The population parameter is to a population as a sample statistic is to a sample."

As you can see, this clarifies the distinction between the sample and what is being studied.

In a Sentence

Guy:  It's a sector-neutral beta from a 3-year rolling regression.
Rex:  That's your sample statistic. May I ask, what drives you to be like this Guy?


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A sample statistic is a measure of the whole population. | True or False?


A random selection of 100 stocks refers to which? | Sample or Sample Statistic?

Sample. It describes the procedure of sampling instead of what is being measured.

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