I come from the field of Numerical Analysis, and I look for the term which describes the problem of fitting a probability distribution to statistical numerical continuous data, without a-priori knowledge of the distribution.
Specifically, I read about nonparametric-statistics and in a lot of places it says that it best fit ordinal data (voting, categories, labels etc.), and not numerical.
What is the proper term I should be reading about? Am I wrong in this characterization of non-parametric statistics?
I should remark that I don't aim for the most precise definition, but rather the one that would allow me to contact people, ask questions and look for papers and textbooks.