human factors

noun, plural in form but singular in construction

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 As for USD’s somnolent start, the Toreros (4-2, 3-0 Pioneer Football League) suffered from the human factor. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toreros easily finish off Valparaiso, 42-17, after slow start," 19 Oct. 2019 Yeshanew is the latest insider urging investigators to take a closer look at human factors in the Max saga and not just focus on Boeing’s anti-stall system, which has been widely blamed for two crashes. Washington Post, "Engineer: Ethiopian Airlines went into records after crash," 7 Oct. 2019

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Human factors.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human%20factors. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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