3. Statistical inference

  1. A. Gouveia Oliveira

Published Online: 12 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118670767.ch03

Biostatistics Decoded

Biostatistics Decoded

How to Cite

Oliveira, A. G. (ed) (2013) Statistical inference, in Biostatistics Decoded, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118670767.ch03

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



  • binomial distribution;
  • biostatistics;
  • confidence intervals;
  • probability distribution;
  • sample size;
  • sampling distributions;
  • standard deviation;
  • standard error;
  • statistical inference;
  • Student's t distribution


This chapter describes the process of making statistical inferences from samples. We have been talking about different means and different standard deviations, and students often become disoriented with so many measures. This chapter reviews the meaning of each one of those measures. The measures discussed include standard errors, binomial distribution, student's t distribution, confidence intervals, sampling distributions, standard deviation, and probability distribution.