Inference: an overview

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  • Date: 25 Sep 2012

Statistical inference, viewed as the whole of central statistics, is clearly as old as the theory and methods that have come to constitute present statistics. Its origins tie in with those of probability theory*, going back more than 200 years and including significant names such as Bayes*, de Moivre*, Gauss*, and Laplace*. Statistical inference is the theory and methods concerned with the way that background infromation and current data make implications concerning unknowns in a system under investigation. The context can be an experiment in the general scientific sense, an observational investigation, or a historical analysis.

Taken from: D.A.S. Fraser, Inference, Statistical - II, Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences, 2006.

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