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Logo of nihpaAbout Author manuscriptsSubmit a manuscriptHHS Public Access; Author Manuscript; Accepted for publication in peer reviewed journal;
Stat Sci. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2012 February 1.
Published in final edited form as:
Stat Sci. 2011 February 1; 26(1): 1–9.
doi: 10.1214/10-STS337

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The big picture of statistical inference. Statistical procedures are abstractly defined in terms of mathematics but are used, in conjunction with scientific models and methods, to explain observable phenomena. This picture emphasizes the hypothetical link between variation in data and its description using statistical models.

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