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Mathematics and Measurement



Ronald F. Boisvert, Michael J. Donahue, Daniel W. Lozier, Robert D. McMichael, Bert W. Rust


In this paper we describe the role that mathematics plays in measurement science at NIST.  We first survey the history behind NIST's current work in this area, starting with the NBS Math Tables project of the 1930s. We then provide examples of more recent efforts in the application of mathematics to measurement science, including the solution of ill-posed inverse problems, characterization of the accuracy of software for micromagnetic modeling, and in the development and dissemination of mathematical reference data.Finally, we comment on emerging issues in measurement science to which mathematicians will devote their energies in coming years.
Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology


deconvolution, digital libraries, history of NBS, linear algebra, mathematical reference data, mathematical software, micromagnetic modeling, parameter estimation, software testing


Boisvert, R. , Donahue, M. , Lozier, D. , McMichael, R. and Rust, B. (2001), Mathematics and Measurement, Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, [online], (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created January 1, 2001, Updated February 17, 2017