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Re: st: question of ci

From   Steve Samuels <>
Subject   Re: st: question of ci
Date   Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:56:38 -0400

The Statalist FAQ suggest that you "do your homework", meaning in part: try to find the answer before posting.  You will find the correct interpretation of confidence intervals (yours is incorrect) in any elementary text or by Googling, e.g.  "introduction confidence limits".


On Jun 18, 2012, at 10:38 AM, tashi lama wrote:


  I have a question, rather conceptual and might really look silly. But I am trying to understand the basics. Here is my dataset 





total var1

         |      Total   Std. Err.     [95% Conf. Interval]
       var1 |          6   1.732051     -1.452413    13.45241

1. As I understand, CI gives us the confidence that the true value resembles the estimate in our test. In this dataset, what does CI mean? In other words, what is the interval saying about the datset. Also, is it assuming that there is a normal distribution?

Thanx as always, 


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