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ERIC Number: EJ839980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1570-1824
Statistical Inference at Work: Statistical Process Control as an Example
Bakker, Arthur; Kent, Phillip; Derry, Jan; Noss, Richard; Hoyles, Celia
Statistics Education Research Journal, v7 n2 p130-145 Nov 2008
To characterise statistical inference in the workplace this paper compares a prototypical type of statistical inference at work, statistical process control (SPC), with a type of statistical inference that is better known in educational settings, hypothesis testing. Although there are some similarities between the reasoning structure involved in hypothesis testing and SPC that point to key characteristics of statistical inference in general, there are also crucial differences. These come to the fore when we characterise statistical inference within what we call a "space of reasons"--a conglomerate of reasons and implications, evidence and conclusions, causes and effects. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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