Statistics (i): An Introduction to Statistical Inference

  • Warren J. Ewens
  • Gregory R. Grant
Part of the Statistics for Biology and Health book series (SBH)


Statistics is the method by which we analyze data in whose generation chance has played some part. In practice, it consists of two main areas: estimation and hypothesis testing. Both of these are used extensively in bioinformatics. In this chapter we give a brief introduction to estimation and hypothesis testing ideas: A more complete discussion of both is given in Chapter 8.


Null Hypothesis Mean Square Error Alternative Hypothesis Unbiased Estimator Classical Hypothesis 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Warren J. Ewens
    • 1
  • Gregory R. Grant
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Penn Center for Computational BiologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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