Statnote 2: describing the normal

Anthony Hilton, Richard A. Armstrong

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If a sample of measurements comes from a population that is normally distributed, we can use several statistics to describe our sample, such as the mean, SD, and CV. In addition, we can determine how atypical an individual measurement has to be before we would consider it not to be a member of a specific population. Furthermore, we can use our sample to make inferences about the population from which the sample is drawn including making estimates of the population mean and fitting confidence intervals to a sample mean.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationMicrobiologist
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005


  • sample of measurements
  • population
  • normally distributed
  • population mean
  • sample mean


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