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See inductive reasoning

Inference is the act or process of deriving a conclusion based solely on what one already knows.

Inference is studied within several different fields.

  • Human inference (i.e. how humans draw conclusions) is traditionally studied within the field of cognitive psychology.
  • Logic studies the laws of valid inference.
  • Statisticians have developed formal rules for inference from quantitative data.
  • Artificial intelligence researchers develop automated inference systems.

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