systematic error


Definition of systematic error

: an error that is not determined by chance but is introduced by an inaccuracy (as of observation or measurement) inherent in the system

Examples of systematic error in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So those voters were denied the ability to vote remotely, but that was due to systematic errors in ballot distribution, not directly via Supreme Court action. Eric Litke, USA TODAY, "Did US Supreme Court vote remotely to deny Wisconsin voters the right to vote remotely?," 11 Apr. 2020 Cognitive biases refer to a range of systematic errors in human decision-making stemming from the tendency to use mental shortcuts. Andrew R. Olenski, New York Times, "How Common Mental Shortcuts Can Cause Major Physician Errors," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of systematic error

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Systematic error.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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