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statistical inference

[stə′tis·tə·kəl ′in·frəns]
(statistics)
The process of reaching conclusions concerning a population upon the basis of random samplings.

statistical inference

see PROBABILITY, STATISTICS.
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In other words, the assumptions of inferential statistics are absolutely required for predictive estimation.
As the term implies, inferential statistics make conclusions about relationships.
Since existing data at the campus level almost always includes information on all individuals, programs and support services, the third trend provides clear evidence that the primary data analysis skills needed by principals reside in descriptive rather than inferential statistics.
Inferential statistics are mentioned briefly, but not enough to inform the reader about how to conduct a basic statistical test.
He laments that introductory statistical texts increasingly emphasize inferential statistics to the exclusion of descriptive statistics, the traditional domain of social scientists.
Although such a "white crow" argument may be true in the so-called "hard" sciences, in research with human participants (who come into the lab with varying expectations, moods, personalities, and hangovers), and when we are dealing with phenomena that appear to have small and inconsistent effects under laboratory conditions, we have to use inferential statistics and rely on an accumulation of consistent findings to build a convincing case.
The descriptive statistics used were frequency counts, and percentages, while the inferential statistics employed the multiple regression analysis to estimate the complete demand functions for the selected food commodities using the Linear Approximate Almost Ideal Demand System (LA/AIDS) [12] subject to the two-stage expenditure allocation method, and price and income elasticities were then calculated [13, 14, 15].
Chapter 8-12 cover topics on descriptive and inferential statistics which are taught to MBA students as part of the core paper on Business Statistics.
The evolution of accounting standards, risk management and inferential statistics have collided--with a profound effect on our lives that's shaping policy, regulation, management systems and technology.
The chapters on inferential statistics cover topics in a more detailed manner.
Previous studies such as those listed above have used inferential statistics to induce general statements about a population from a specific sample of subjects.
The distribution indicates which descriptive statistics, such as measure of central tendency (mean, median, or geometric mean) and inferential statistics, are appropriate.