# Epistemology and Ontology/Descriptive and Inferential Stats

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1. In your own words, define epistemology and ontology. Why are these concepts important to the study of research? How might the concepts influence your future research?

2. What are descriptive statistics? What are inferential statistics? How are each used in quantitative studies?

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This detailed solution defines epistemology and ontology, and outlines why these concepts are important to the study of research. Also, it defines descriptive statistics and inferential statistics and states how each are used in quantitative studies.

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1. In your own words, define epistemology and ontology. Why are these concepts important to the study of research? How might the concepts influence your future research?

Epistemology is the study of knowledge and attempts to discern what distinguishes true knowledge from false or inadequate knowledge. Epistemology evaluates the presuppositions and foundations of knowledge its' limits and validity. Scientists and philosophers use models and trial and error to help discover and confirm true knowledge. This is complicated by trying to incorporate all variables into the situation. Here is a good link for further information:http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/epistemi.html and here is a link to multiple definitions: ...

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