Confidence Interval Calculator

What is the Confidence Interval Calculator?

A confidence interval is a range of values that can contain the true value of the parameter being researched in statistics. It is created using observed data and estimated at a desired level of confidence. A 95 percent confidence level, for instance, refers to the accuracy of the estimating process rather than the degree of certainty that the computed confidence range accurately represents the parameter under investigation. Prior to computing the confidence interval, the desired confidence level is selected. It displays the percentage of confidence intervals that, when formed given the selected confidence level over an infinite number of independent trials, will include the parameter's actual value.

Typically, confidence intervals are expressed as (some value) (a range). The range can be expressed as a percentage or as a real amount.

With the assumption that the sample means most likely follows a normal distribution, use this calculator to determine the confidence interval or margin of error. In the case of merely having raw data, use the standard deviation calculator.

A confidence interval for a mean and a confidence interval for the standard deviation are calculated using the confidence interval calculator. The calculation employs the chi-squared distribution for the confidence interval of the standard deviation and the normal distribution or student's t distribution for the confidence interval of the mean.

  1. If you only wish to compute the standard deviation's confidence interval, leave the average option blank.
  2. When using sample data, we are aware of the sample's statistics but are unaware of the actual population parameters' values. Instead, we might calculate the confidence interval and consider the population parameters like random variables.
  3. The confidence level, or the required level of certainty that the parameter's actual value will fall inside the confidence interval, must first be defined. The average confidence level for researchers is 0.95.
  4. You can alter the confidence level from the default 95% confidence interval calculator.
  5. The output from this confidence interval calculator is formatted in APA.
  6. The formulas and step-by-step calculations are displayed in the online confidence interval calculator.

What does "confidence level" mean?

The necessary level of assurance that the population parameter will fall inside the confidence interval is known as the confidence level. This is the likelihood that the population parameter is present in the estimated confidence interval.

Be aware that 0.95 is a regularly used confidence level in research.

A 95 confidence interval is what?

The 95 per cent confidence interval states that 95% of the estimated ranges will include the population parameter if the confidence interval is determined for an unlimited number of samples.

Calculator for the mean confidence interval

Use the normal distribution once we know the population's standard deviation (). The distribution of (x) for the average is normal (Mean, n). In other cases, use the t distribution with n-1 degrees of freedom and the sample size standard deviation. The distribution of (x-Mean)/(S/n) is T.

What is the formula for the mean confidence interval?

The population standard deviation is known.

x̄ ± Zα/2 * σ √n

Sometimes we utilise the sample standard deviation because we are unsure of the population standard deviation.

x T /2(df) S n

Consistent standard deviation range

Chi-squared is distributed with n-1 degrees of freedom using the statistic (n-1)S2/2.

What is the formula for the confidence interval for standard deviation?

(n - 1)
S2 ≤ σ2 <= (n - 1)
S2 \sχ1-α/2(df) χα/2(df)


  1. x represents the sample mean.
  2. The population standard deviation; in most cases, you don't know it; however, you might learn it from previous studies as a sample standard deviation with bigger sample size, in which case you might believe it is the population standard deviation.
  3. S is the standard deviation of the sample.
  4. The sample size is n. (the number of observations).
  5. C = level of confidence
  6. α = 1 - C.
  7. Z/2 is the standard average distribution percentile; its formula is p(z Z/2) = /2.
  8. p(t T/2) = /2 represents the percentile T/2 based on the t distribution.
  9. Degrees of freedom, or df. df = n -1.
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