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    What exactly is uncertainty?

    Thompson, Michael (2012) What exactly is uncertainty? Accreditation and Quality Assurance 17 (1), pp. 93-94. ISSN 0949-1775.

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    Abstract

    Uncertainty is defined in VIM3 as a ‘parameter’ but that, in my view, is a mistake that detracts from the clarity of the concept. Trying to overcome the resulting difficulties while retaining ‘parameter’ has brought about progressive amendments to the definition, and an increasing list of footnotes that have failed to resolve the issue. Surely the uncertainty of a result is the density function (or mass function) that best describes the probability of possible values of the measurand.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Biological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2014 11:32
    Last Modified: 19 Feb 2014 13:36
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/9206

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