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# inferential statistics

## Definition of Inferential Statistics

(noun) The branch of statistics that makes generalizations about a population using data from a sample.

## Example of Inferential Statistics

• Determining the percentage of students at a university that like vanilla ice cream by sampling several classes in multiple departments.

## Inferential Statistics Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: in·fer·en·tial sta·tis·tics

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

• American English – /in-fuhr-rEn-shuhl stuh-tIs-tiks/
• British English – /in-fuh-rEn-shuhl stuh-tIs-tiks/

International Phonetic Alphabet

• American English: /ˌɪnfɚˈɹɛnʃəl stəˈtɪstɪks/
• British English: /ˌɪnfəˈɹenʃ(ə)l stəˈtɪstɪks/

### Usage Notes

• Inferential statistics uses probability to determine the level of confidence in conclusions drawn from data and called an inference.
• In contrast to inferential statistics, descriptive statistics summarize a sample and inferential statistics uses the sample to make extrapolations about the larger population the sample represents.
• Also called:
• inductive statistics
• statistical inference

### Related Terms

#### Cite the Definition of Inferential Statistics

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “inferential statistics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 13, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/inferential-statistics/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

inferential statistics. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/inferential-statistics/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “inferential statistics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 13, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/inferential-statistics/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“inferential statistics.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 13 Sep. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/inferential-statistics/>.