# Is this version of the confidence interval formula legit?

#### jtellerelsberg

##### New Member
Hi, I took stats many years ago. There was a version of the formula that I found helpful. I tried to recreate it. Does this look legitimate?

Thanks!
Jonathan

#### Dason

##### Ambassador to the humans
That's legit under certain assumptions. If you know the true population standard deviation and are assuming a normal distribution and want to create a confidence interval for the population mean then this is what you would use.

Typically we don't know the true standard deviation so you replace sigma with the estimate and use the t-distribution instead of the z distribution. If you have a large enough sample (typical rule of thumb is n > 30 but I would prefer much greater) you can just use the formula you have even if you're estimating the standard deviation from the sample.