# Proper name for scores calculated via formula

#### trinker

##### ggplot2orBust
Often in my field folks will take various count data and apply some formula to input different information and output some sort of summary. An example is readability scores:

What is this act of data manipulation called?

I'b played with ...

• data transformation
• data summarizing

Is this technically a statistic?

More here I lack terminology of what these are called.

#### vinux

##### Dark Knight
What is this act of data manipulation called?

Heuristic (I think)

Is this technically a statistic?

Without having any idea about the population or the source of stochastic element, it is really difficult to comment on the score formula.

I tried to check the first paper where it is discussed. I didn't get. I found this one. But I guess you have already got this one. http://www.ojs.academypublisher.com/index.php/tpls/article/viewFile/tpls02014353/4111

#### hlsmith

##### Less is more. Stay pure. Stay poor.
How about a composite measure achieved by _____ fill in the blank.

#### Dason

Is this technically a statistic?
A statistic technically is just any function of data. So yes it is a statistic.

#### Jake

About the term "statistic," it is conventionally explained that a parameter describes a value in some hypothetical population, while a statistic is the estimate of that parameter that we actually observe.

As for your example, I would just call that sort of thing a score.

#### spunky

##### Can't make spagetti
i think i side more with Dason that you can call it a 'statistic' because it's estimating something from the population. now, whether that something makes sense (or is even defined in the population) is a whole different (and substantially more important) matter.