inferential statistics


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in·fer·en·tial sta·tis·tics

statistics from which an inference is made about the nature of a population; the purpose is to generalize about the population, based on data from the sample selected from the population.

inferential statistics

see inferential statistics.
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The most common mistake with inferential statistics is assuming (with or without thinking) a problem requires statistical inference.
Their misconceptions on the concepts of sampling, sample representativeness, and the logic of inferential reasoning when dealing with sample data also stemmed from poor background knowledge on inferential statistics in their undergraduate statistics courses.
For inferential statistics, t-test showed, for the general history interest, older group students had significantly higher score than younger group students, t (224) = 2.
As the term implies, inferential statistics make conclusions about relationships.
The outline of statistical methods moves very quickly from descriptive to inferential statistics having briefly outlined the ideas of central tendency and inadequately presented measures of dispersion.
He gradually takes the reader from a brief history of statistics, through a discussion of the research process, to inferential statistics and hypothesis testing.
When combined with techniques of scaling, derived from inferential statistics, operationism allows psychologists to talk to one another about all concepts in a seemingly scientific language.
Usually inferential statistics are not necessary when using such designs, because the constant monitoring of outcomes makes it possible to detect any substantial effects by simple visual inspection of the graphs (cf.
Nevertheless, this is a comprehensive, authoritative, applications-oriented handbook that I highly recommend to clinical scientists who use inferential statistics in their research and to those who serve as instructors or consultants in the areas of statistical analysis and experimental design.
Inferential statistics can be used to determine how likely it is that observed differentials are due to chance rather than design, and therefore whether or not they support a discrimination charge.
the use of inferential statistics to test for treatment effects with data from experiments where either treatments are not replicated (though samples may be) or experimental units are not statistically independent.
H2: Articles using inferential statistics will be cited significantly more than articles using descriptive statistics.