measurement error

  

Definition

Difference between the actual value of a quantity and the value obtained by a measurement. Repeating the measurement will improve (reduce) the random error (caused by the accuracy limit of the measuring instrument) but not the systemic error (caused by incorrect calibration of the measuring instrument).

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  • You should always make sure that you do not have a measurement error it could have long term effects on your production.

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  • Climate scientists claim that there is a significant amount of measurement error in land-based thermometer records of the past, for many reasons, although newer satellite technology does not have those errors.

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  • The measurement error was a mistake some scientists used when trying to interpret how the experiment actually worked in the lab.

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