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 Another source of systematic error is experimenter bias. Luke Caldwell, Scientific American, 16 Jan. 2024 Cognitive biases are systematic errors in our thinking that influence our judgment, often leading us to make irrational choices. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 8 May 2023 The machine that measures A1C levels may also have a systematic error in measuring A1C levels with a different type of hemoglobin. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 If so, animal studies of painkillers or drugs with painful side effects could contain systematic errors, simply because of the makeup of a laboratory’s staff. Sonia Shah, The New Yorker, 18 Feb. 2023 The bump credibility took another hit when it was pointed out that it could be explained away by a simple (although completely hypothetical) systematic error -- a miscalibration of the jet energies. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 30 May 2011 Even ideas in prestigious journals can sometimes be explained away as systematic error, but that’s the way science works. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 10 Mar. 2020 This kind of controversy comes down to very particular aspects of data collection, analysis, and sources of systematic error. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 20 Apr. 2012 The polls could be off by another 2-3 points, due to a systematic error in turnout assumptions, putting Biden in reality just 4-5 points ahead of Trump instead of 9. Damon Linker, TheWeek, 30 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of systematic error was in 1826

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“Systematic error.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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