1. Introduction

  1. A. Gouveia Oliveira

Published Online: 12 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118670767.ch01

Biostatistics Decoded

Biostatistics Decoded

How to Cite

Oliveira, A. G. (ed) (2013) Introduction, in Biostatistics Decoded, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118670767.ch01

Editor Information

  1. Department of Pharmacy, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN, Brazil

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 3 SEP 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119953371

Online ISBN: 9781118670767



  • biostatistics;
  • inference procedure;
  • population;
  • sampling method


Biostatistics is a science that allows us to make abstractions from instantiated facts, therefore helping us to improve our knowledge and understanding of the real world. Biostatistics is involved not only in helping to create knowledge and to make individual predictions, but also in measurement. Biostatistics is concerned with the measurement of characteristics (that may not even exist in our material world) in populations (that are virtual) to enable us to predict the future. This chapter describes the three basic things that are needed for studying a population: a definition of the population, a study design, and a sampling method. It then presents a discussion on the inference procedure.