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Figures of Merit

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Thomas J. Bruno

Abstract

In the interpretation of results from a particular technique, one often must evaluate the performance of the measurement on the basis of objective measures that are called figures of merit. The following table provides a description of the more common figures of merit used in analytical chemistry. Even more important than the evaluation of performance is the validation of metrology and the assessment of validation. The same terms used as figures of merit are critical in the validation process. Since many standardization bodies will issue their own definitions regarding these terms, it is not practical to be inclusive; the reader must be aware that other terms may sometimes be substituted for those used here.
Citation
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics - 95th Edition
Publisher Info
Taylor and Francis Group, LLC, New York, NY

Citation

Bruno, T. (2014), Figures of Merit, Taylor and Francis Group, LLC, New York, NY (Accessed July 4, 2022)
Created June 4, 2014, Updated February 19, 2017