We compare different methods for the adjustment of the Planck constant using recent, inconsistent data. First we discuss the popular Birge ratio method. By stating the underlying statistical model we critically assess and modify this method. We then propose alternative ways of adjusting the inconsistent data using different, less restrictive assumptions about the cause of the inconsistency. Finally, we discuss the results and give some guidance as to the choice of method.
Pub Type: Journals
fundamental constants, Birge ratio adjustment, random effect model, Bayesian model averaging.