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A Careful Consideration of the Calibration Concept

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Author(s)

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

Abstract

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.
Citation
Journal of Research (NIST JRES) -
Volume
106 No. 2

Keywords

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

Citation

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