Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Https

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you've safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Defining 'kind of quantity'

Published

Author(s)

David W. Flater

Abstract

The definition of 'kind of quantity' given in the International Vocabulary of Metrology (VIM), 3rd edition, does not cover the historical meaning of the term as it is most commonly used in metrology. Most of its historical meaning has been merged into 'quantity,' which is polysemic across two layers of abstraction. I propose a model of 'kind of quantity' that is compatible with its historical meaning and distinguishable from 'quantity in a general sense.'
Citation
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 2034
Report Number
2034
Created February 8, 2019