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Statistical Engineering Division

The Statistical Engineering Division (SED), founded in 1946, develops and applies statistical and probabilistic methods and techniques supporting research in measurement science, technology, and the production of standard reference materials.

The Statistical Engineering Division is one of six technical divisions in the Information Technology Laboratory.   The Statistical Engineering Division:

  • Develops and applies best practices for the characterization of measurement uncertainty, in particular to enable the intercomparison of measurements in the context of interlaboratory studies and calibrations;implements methods and techniques for experimental design, data analysis, statistical modeling and probabilistic inference in computer software.
  • Disseminates such methods and techniques throughout U.S. industry, and the scientific and academic communities at large, by publishing technical and educational materials in print and on-line, by offering training courses and workshops, and by participating in professional conferences.
  • Conducts fundamental and applied statistical research on problems in metrology and collaborates on research in other Divisions of ITL, in other Laboratories of NIST and with NIST's industrial partners.

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