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STATISTICAL ERROR

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Definition:
A statistical error is the (unknown) difference between the retained value and the true value.

Context:
It is immediately associated with accuracy since accuracy is used to mean "the inverse of the total error, including bias and variance" (Kish, Survey Sampling, 1965). The larger the error, the lower the accuracy.

Source Publication:
Eurostat, "Assessment of Quality in Statistics: Glossary", Working Group, Luxembourg, October 2003.

Cross References:
Accuracy

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Last updated on Tuesday, December 20, 2005