Inferential statistics: Foundations
Chapter 11 of Performing Music Research considers the main features of inferential statistics. Statistics describe the characteristics of particular samples and guide the inferences that may be drawn from those characteristics not only to the sample but also the wider population. The use of inferential statistical tests thus enables researchers to make comparisons between studies and draw generalizable conclusions. The chapter begins by showing how the probability that a finding is the result of chance, or random “noise” (fluctuation) in the data, can be quantified. It then considers how to judge the relative size of the finding and the general properties of data.
The satisfaction and stress of singing professionally
Research investigating how singers’ bodies react to the pressures of public performance.