human factors

noun, plural in form but singular in construction

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Recent Examples on the Web In a statement to The Times, Viola said more than half of helicopter crashes result from human factors such as loss of control in flight and flying into bad weather. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Despite pleas from Vanessa Bryant, investigators, safety rules inspired by Kobe Bryant helicopter crash stall," 25 Jan. 2021 There were professors specializing in human factors, the psychology of how voters interacted with machines—the types who could have predicted the hanging-chads fiasco from a mile away. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, "A Texas County Clerk’s Bold Crusade to Transform How We Vote," 15 Sep. 2020 Patrick Garrett, a human factors engineer for Toyota told me that automakers aren’t required to follow it, and often use different methodologies entirely. Heather Mayer Irvine, Popular Mechanics, "When Car Shopping, Don't Always Believe the Cargo Space," 27 Apr. 2020 Much of the underlying math relies, by necessity, on educated guesses and on human factors that can change unpredictably. Max Fisher, New York Times, "R0, the Messy Metric That May Soon Shape Our Lives, Explained," 23 Apr. 2020 Despite news of a recent slowdown in sales, the number of people in these databases can only get bigger – though how much bigger will depend on many of the human factors at play in the quest for more information. Libby Copeland, Time, "You Can Learn a Lot About Yourself From a DNA Test. Here's What Your Genes Cannot Tell You," 2 Mar. 2020 Anything that’s going to take him off of that will probably be attributed in some way to human factors. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts at combine: Who is evaluating QBs and how they'll do it," 24 Feb. 2020 The Dutch Safety Board had also commissioned Dr. Dekker’s analysis of the accident, which applied an engineering discipline known as human factors. Chris Hamby, New York Times, "How Boeing’s Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’," 20 Jan. 2020 The committee chairman, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi., said regulators and legislators shouldn't lose sight of the promise self-driving cars could hold in reducing crashes, which are largely attributable to human factors. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Senators demand answers on the safety of self-driving cars," 20 Nov. 2019

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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