Probabilistic Interpretation of Measurement
The previous two Chapters were devoted to developing an efficient computerizable algorithm for evaluating a deterministic measure of performance. We found that this criterion can be used to quantitatively compare alternative assay-system designs. By such comparison one can seek to optimize the number of detectors and their deployment around the sample as well as other related design parameters. However, the deterministic criterion makes no distinction between likely and unlikely spatial distributions of source material in the sample. As a consequence, we concluded that the deterministic measure of performance tends to give a conservative estimate of the relative mass resolution. Its utility is the speed and simplicity with which one may compare a large number of assay-system designs.
KeywordsCost Function Conditional Probability Decision Rule Uranium Deposit Probabilistic Interpretation
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