confidence interval

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confidence interval

[′kän·fə·dəns ‚in·tər·vəl]
(statistics)
An interval which has a specified probability of containing a given parameter or characteristic.
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confidence interval

the range of values round the mean of a SAMPLE within which one can state the PROBABILITY of the observation being correct for the parent population. This is usually expressed in terms of standard deviation units. See also MEASURES OF DISPERSION, CRITERIA AND LEVELS OF MEASUREMENT.
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The problem with using overlap of confidence belts with strongly nonlinear relationships is that as the slope of the relationship changes, the overlap of confidence belts changes, and therefore the predictive power changes across the range of egg sizes.
5), and the 95% confidence belts are much narrower.