Over a million developers have joined DZone.
{{announcement.body}}
{{announcement.title}}

Accuracy Versus Precision

DZone's Guide to

Accuracy Versus Precision

· Agile Zone
Free Resource

See how three solutions work together to help your teams have the tools they need to deliver quality software quickly. Brought to you in partnership with CA Technologies

In a recent elevator conversation with the team, we stumbled on a side conversation about the difference between accuracy and precision. I've always used them defined this way:

  • Accuracy - The nearness of a value to the "real" value
  • Precision - The resolution of a measurement

It turns out this is not entirely correct and these definitions, while technically accurate in certain fields, are not universally held to be true. In fact, the above definition of precision is almost completely wrong for most other engineering and scientific disciplines. A more accurate (see what I did there?) set of definitions would be something like:

  • Accuracy - The nearness of a value to the "real" value
  • Precision - The probability of repeated measurement yielding the same result
  • Measurement Resolution - The resolution of a measurement
Source: Wikipedia

Discover how TDM Is Essential To Achieving Quality At Speed For Agile, DevOps, And Continuous Delivery. Brought to you in partnership with CA Technologies

Topics:

Published at DZone with permission of Michael Mainguy, DZone MVB. See the original article here.

Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.

{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}