Statistics deals with the mathematics of probability-based games. This tag should be used for questions about tabletop game mathematics that relate to mechanics rather than game elements such as skills or attributes, and have relevance to RPGs in particular.
This tag should be used for questions that:
- Are about tabletop game mathematics.
- Relate to mechanics rather than game elements such as skills or attributes.
- Have relevance to roleplaying gaming.
Statistics attempts to ask, "If I do this X times, how many times will I get the desired result?"
In games powered by a random outcome mechanic such as dice or cards, statistics is used to get a better understanding of how mechanics were designed to work and how they can be used in play.
Sites like AnyDice provide opportunities for a more in-depth exploration of probability on a per-case basis, while the Wikipedia article on probability is another good resource for those who would like to learn more about the subject.
Note that this tag should not be used for questions about record-keeping. Also, sometimes attributes of a character (such as ability scores) may be called "statistics", but keep in mind that such a meaning does not fall under the scope of this tag. (See also: attributes and ability-scores.)