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A Careful Consideration of the Calibration Concept



Steven D. Phillips, William T. Estler, Theodore D. Doiron, K Eberhardt, M Levenson


This paper is a detailed discussion of the technical aspects of the calibration process with emphasis on the definition of the measurand, the conditions under which the calibration results are valid, and the subsequent use of the calibration results in measurement uncertainty statement.  The issues of measurement uncertainty, error, systematic error, and reproducibility are also addressed as they pertain to the calibration process.
Journal of Research (NIST JRES) -
106 No. 2


calibration, error, influence quantities, measurand, systematic error, uncertainty


Phillips, S. , Estler, W. , Doiron, T. , Eberhardt, K. and Levenson, M. (2001), A Careful Consideration of the Calibration Concept, Journal of Research (NIST JRES), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed June 21, 2024)


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Created March 1, 2001, Updated February 19, 2017