Statistical Intervals Based on a Single Sample

  • Jay L. Devore
  • Kenneth N. Berk
Part of the Springer Texts in Statistics book series (STS)


A point estimate, because it is a single number, by itself provides no information about the precision and reliability of estimation. Consider, for example, using the statistic \( \overline{X} \) to calculate a point estimate for the true average breaking strength (g) of paper towels of a certain brand, and suppose that \( \overline{{x}} = {9322}.{7} \). Because of sampling variability, it is virtually never the case that \( \overline{{x}} = \mu \).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Statistics DepartmentCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA

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