I have encountered the words "inferencing" and "inferring" in literature on educational research.

Is there a difference in meaning between the words inferencing and inferring?

Just as an example,

"The teacher asked the student to infer some detail from the text."

If "inference" is used instead, does that change the meaning?

  • Both lead to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inference
    – mplungjan
    Aug 21 '13 at 9:18
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    If you added a couple of dictionary definitions, it would correspond more to the site's accepted standards for questions. Aug 21 '13 at 9:19
  • @EdwinAshworth Dictionaries may take some time, Q&A sites are always ahead. :)
    – Kris
    Aug 22 '13 at 6:35

inferencing [ˈɪnfərənsɪŋ] n (Linguistics)

Psycholinguistics the practice of inferring the meaning of an unfamiliar word or expression from the meaning of familiar words occurring with it in a context together with one's knowledge of or beliefs about the world

As distinct from inferring, inferencing is a term with a specialized meaning in the field of linguistics, which is now finding wider application in other areas including artificial intelligence, graphics, high performance computing, control systems, semantic web technologies and several emerging fields as well.

An interesting page from the Open Knowledge Foundation About Inferencing is a good place to start.

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    Verbing weirds language.
    – MT_Head
    Aug 22 '13 at 8:44
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    @ MT_Head What are you implicationing? Aug 22 '13 at 8:51
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    @MT_Head: It's not so much the verbing, it's the renounification. Aug 22 '13 at 13:48

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