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Inferential Statistics

Inferential Statistics
Paul E. Jose Agnes Szabo


The field of inferential statistics refers to a set of statistical computations that seek to generalize findings from a given sample to a larger population. In contrast, the main goal of descriptive statistics is to describe the characteristics of a particular set of observations without explicit generalization to a larger sample. Thus, researchers typically endeavour to conduct inferential statistics on their data in order to make an argument that what they have found with their particular sample generalizes to what would be found if they had examined the whole population.

The field of inferential statistics is based on a foundation of key assumptions and demonstrated empirical facts. The ...

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