absolute error

noun

Definition of absolute error

mathematics
: the absolute value of the difference between an observed value of a quantity and the true value The difference between true length and measured length is called the error of measurement or absolute error.— Edwina Deans et al., Extending Mathematics, 1968

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1775, in the meaning defined above

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“Absolute error.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolute%20error. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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