error bar

noun

Definition of error bar 

: the estimated uncertainty in experimental data

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And, even as technology improves, some sets of error bars stubbornly refuse to overlap. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A physical constant’s value shouldn’t depend on how you measure it," 13 Apr. 2018 The biggest reason the error bars on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet trend are so large is that slow upward rebound of the bedrock beneath the ice. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Latest estimate shows how much Antarctic ice has fallen into the sea," 13 June 2018 The range of values is entirely contained within the error bars of a previous measurement made using an atom interferometer. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A physical constant’s value shouldn’t depend on how you measure it," 13 Apr. 2018 But the big story here is the range of values covered by those error bars. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A physical constant’s value shouldn’t depend on how you measure it," 13 Apr. 2018 The error bars on the 100 ppm value are also large, meaning that 35 ppm is actually within the range of the measurement error. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "The Earth nearly froze over when today’s coal was first buried," 10 Oct. 2017

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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