standard error

noun

Definition of standard error

: the standard deviation of the probability function or probability density function of a random variable and especially of a statistic specifically : the standard error of the mean of a sample from a population with a normal distribution that is equal to the standard deviation of the normal distribution divided by the square root of the sample size

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Recent Examples on the Web Jilly said there are standard errors that come up in testing, and since the amount of virus in the test sample was so low, the instance didn’t concern him. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Amid accuracy concerns, Alaska providers use Abbott COVID-19 testing machines with safeguards in place," 25 May 2020 With a standard error of eight points, two applicants with scores as far as 15 points apart may not be meaningfully different and yet several programs use singular cutoff points as screening tools. Anna Goshua, STAT, "Cheers and jeers as med school’s Step 1 test becomes pass/fail," 14 Feb. 2020 And there’s a big standard error around all these regressions. WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren," 2 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of standard error

1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Standard error.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standard%20error. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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