Pronunciation: /ˈɪn.fər.əns/ Explain
  1. (Logic) When logical arguments are linked together, an inference is what one can conclude from the logical arguments.

    All men are mortal.First premise
    Socrates is a man.Second premise
    Therefore Socrates is mortal.Inference or conclusion
    Table 1: Deductive inference example

  2. (Statistics) An inference is a reasonable conclusion reached by studying data. An example of an inference is: 62% of 18-25-year-olds prefer this soda to its competitor.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, inference. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 98. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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