Descriptive & Inferential Statistics: Definition, Differences & Examples


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How do descriptive and inferential statistics differ?

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1. Which two are examples of descriptive statistics?

2. What is statistical estimation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Statistics about a population under study can either be descriptive or inferential. Your understanding and ability to distinguish these two branches of statistics will be assessed in this quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test your knowledge of statistics with the following study points:

  • Identify examples of descriptive statistics
  • Define statistical estimation
  • Inferential statistics categories
  • Define a sample in statistics

Skills Practiced

This assessment will help you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson comparing descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as sample and statistical estimation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about categories in inferential statistics

Additional Learning

Most research involves the ability to understand and interpret statistics. Hone your statistical knowledge in this lesson called Descriptive & Inferential Statistics: Definition, Differences & Examples. This lesson will help you:

  • Apply inferential statistics to problems
  • Understand why you would use descriptive statistics
  • Know what hypothesis testing, correlation testing and regression analysis are