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Someone told me that the term "moment" in Statistics comes from Physics. But I fail to understand how it relates to the definition of a moment of a force, which is a measure of its tendency to cause a body to rotate about a specific point or axis.
Update: I missed the original question about moments and was about to delete mine but I didn't for the following reasons:
- The accepted answer is very useful and helps me to better understand the analogy with Physics (and may help another OP).
- The answer and the comments clarify the idea that the analogy is more about the moment of inertia than of a force.
- The answer in the original question is more about the origin of the concept, which is also helpful.
- The title of my question is probably easier to understand for a non-native English speaker and may explain why I missed the original post (and which can also be missed by another OP).