Statistics with all its wide application in every sphere of human activity has its own limitations. Some of them are given below.

**Limitations of statistics**

Statistics with all its wide application in every sphere of human
activity has its own limitations. Some of them are given below.

**1. Statistics is not suitable to the study of qualitative
phenomenon: **Since statistics is basically a science and deals with a set of
numerical data. It is applicable to the study of quantitative measurements. As
a matter of fact, qualitative aspects like empowerment, leadership, honesty,
poverty, intelligence etc., cannot be expressed numerically and statistical
analysis cannot be directly applied on these qualitative phenomena.

**2. Statistical laws are not exact: **It is well known that
mathematical and physical sciences are exact. But statistical laws are not
exact and statistical laws are only approximations. Statistical conclusions are
not universally true. They are true only on an average.

**3. Statistics table may be misused: **Statistics must be used
only by experts; otherwise, statistical methods are the most dangerous tools on
the hands of the inexpert. The use of statistical tools by the inexperienced
and untrained persons might lead to wrong conclusions.

**4. Statistics is only one of the methods of studying a problem: **Statistical** **method
does not provide complete solution of the problems because problems are to be
studied taking the background of the countries culture, philosophy, religion
etc., into consideration. Thus the statistical study should be supplemented by
other evidences.

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