Synthese

, Volume 190, Issue 2, pp 189–202 | Cite as

The concept of measurement-precision

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Abstract

The science of metrology characterizes the concept of precision in exceptionally loose and open terms. That is because the details of the concept must be filled in—what I call narrowing of the concept—in ways that are sensitive to the details of a particular measurement or measurement system and its use. Since these details can never be filled in completely, the concept of the actual precision of an instrument system must always retain some of the openness of its general characterization. The idea that there is something that counts as the actual precision of a measurement system must therefore always remain an idealization, a conclusion that would appear to hold very broadly for terms and the concepts they express.

Keywords

Precision Measurement Idealization same 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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