The range of values about the true value of a population parameter (such as the mean) within which sample values (e.g., means) may fall and from which inferences may be made, with any desired degree of confidence, such that it is unlikely that a disproportionate number of rejections of a true hypothesis should occur. Conventionally, the 95% confidence limits (also known as fiducial limits) around the mean are ±1.96 s √n, where s is the standard deviation (q.v.) and √n is the standard error (q.v.). See statistical errors.
Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.