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Sociology Definition of the Week: Confidence Interval

By April 18, 2012

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A confidence interval is a measure of estimation. It is an estimated range of values that is likely to include the population parameter being calculated. For instance, instead of estimating the mean age of a certain population to be a single value like 25.5 years, we could say that the mean age is somewhere between 23 and 28. This confidence interval contains the single value we are estimating; yet it gives us a wider net to be right. Related to the confidence interval is the confidence level, which is a measure of the likelihood that our confidence interval will contain the population parameter. Read more about confidence intervals and confidence levels, including examples of both and how to calculate them.

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