Statistics is that branch of mathematics which deals with the analysis of data, and is divided into descriptive statistics and inferential statistics (statistical inference). Multivariate statistics is an extension of univariate (one variable) or bivariate (two variables) statistics. It allows a single test instead of many different univariate and bivariate test when a large number of variables are being investigated.


Statistical Inference Multivariate Statistic Inferential Statistic Statistical Concept Multivariate Normal Distribution 
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Supplemental Reading

  1. Davis JC (1986) Statistics and data analysis in geology, 2nd edn. John Wiley, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  2. Griffiths JC (1967) Scientific methods in the analysis of sediments. McGraw-Hill, New YorkGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles E. Brown
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  1. 1.International Geohydroscience and Energy Research (IGER) InstituteCentrevilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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