World Statistics Day 2024
World Statistics Day, marked annually on October 20, is a global occasion that serves to emphasize the critical significance of advanced, dependable, and high-quality statistics in the progress and development of nations across the globe. This observance highlights the role that statistics play in informed decision-making, policy formulation, and fostering economic and social progress.
World Statistics Day Theme 2024
As of today, the theme for the World Statistics Day 2024 has not been announced yet.
History of World Statistics Day
World Statistics Day was established by the United Nations Statistical Commission in February 2010 and was first celebrated on October 20, 2010. The day was created to raise awareness of the importance of statistics in society and to celebrate the contributions of statisticians to our understanding of the world. The theme of the first World Statistics Day was “Celebrating the many achievements of official statistics.”
Significance of World Statistics Day
World Statistics Day is significant for several reasons. It is a day to:
- Raise awareness of the importance of statistics in society. Statistics are used to track trends, identify problems, and make informed decisions. They are used in government, business, education, and many other fields. World Statistics Day is an opportunity to learn more about statistics and how they are used to improve our lives.
- Celebrate the contributions of statisticians. Statisticians work tirelessly to collect, analyze, and interpret data. They play a vital role in society by helping us to understand the world around us and to make better decisions. World Statistics Day is an opportunity to celebrate their work and to thank them for their contributions.
- Promote the use of statistics to improve lives. Statistics can be used to address some of the most pressing challenges facing our world, such as poverty, hunger, and disease. World Statistics Day is an opportunity to promote the use of statistics to solve these challenges and to create a better future for all.
National Statistics Day
National Statistics Day is celebrated in India on June 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, who is widely regarded as the father of Indian statistics. He was a renowned statistician and economist who made significant contributions to the development of statistical theory and methods. He is also credited with establishing the Indian Statistical Institute, one of the leading statistical institutions in the world.
National Statistics Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation. It is also a day to recognize the contributions of statisticians to the development of the country.
About PC Mahalanobis
Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis was an Indian statistician and economist who is widely regarded as the father of modern statistics in India. He was born on June 29, 1893, in Calcutta, British India (now Kolkata).
Mahalanobis studied physics at Presidency College, Calcutta, and then went on to study mathematics and statistics at Cambridge University, England. After graduating from Cambridge, he returned to India and joined the Indian Civil Service.
Mahalanobis was a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award. He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, one of the highest honors in the field of science.
Mahalanobis’s most notable contributions
- In 1928, Mahalanobis founded the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in Calcutta. The ISI quickly became one of the leading statistical institutions in the world. Mahalanobis served as its director until he died in 1972.
- Mahalanobis made significant contributions to the development of statistical theory and methods. He is best known for his work on the Mahalanobis distance, a statistical measure that is used to compare two or more sets of data. The Mahalanobis distance is widely used in a variety of fields, including statistics, machine learning, and data mining.
- Mahalanobis also played a key role in the development of India’s economic planning. He was a member of the first Planning Commission of India. He helped to develop the country’s first five-year plan.
Mahalanobis was a visionary leader who helped to shape the field of statistics. His work has had a lasting impact on the development of the country. It continues to be used by statisticians and economists around the world.
20th October 2024 Special Day
On October 20, 2024, World Statistics Day takes center stage, a global occasion emphasizing the crucial significance of advanced, dependable, and high-quality statistics. This annual observance underscores the pivotal role of accurate data in the progress and development of nations worldwide. Let’s recognize the importance of reliable statistical information, acknowledging its impact on informed decision-making, evidence-based policies, and the overall advancement of societies across the globe.
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