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Observation vs Inference

Submitted by rmirley on Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:46

To me, an observation is something that you see. An inference is a hypothesis you make based off of the observation. For example. If I am handed a glass of water that has ice in it, I observe that there is ice in the cup. Because of my observation of the ice, I infer that the drink is cold, despite the fact that I have not physically touched the drink itself.