# Descriptive Statistics

The subject of statistics is broadly divided into two branches: Descriptive Statistics and Inferential Statistics. Descriptive Statistics deals with data collection and summarizing the raw data in an understandable format, and these results are generalized to arrive at a conclusion applying Inferential Statistics. The description or summary of sample behavior, presented using Descriptive Statistics is alone is in turn used for drawing inferences on the Population characteristics. Descriptive Statistics comes into play again in the presentation of the estimated or generalized Population traits.

The data that is summarized in tabular, graphical or numerical form is also known an descriptive statistics.