inferential statistics

noun (used with a singular verb) Unabridged
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inferential statistics
(functioning as singular) another name for statistical inference

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Example sentences
Descriptive statistics is easier to use than inferential statistics.
Inferential statistics differ from descriptive statistics in that they provide
  more than simple descriptions.
For this reason, it remains important to understand the logic of inferential
Auditors use inferential statistics to draw conclusions about populations based
  on samples of data.
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