Talk:Observational error

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What is meant by Timing Error terminology in Management —Preceding unsigned comment added by 210.56.13.83 (talkcontribs)

Merger proposal[edit]

I think this article and Approximation error are talking about the same thing. Should we merge them? --Surturz (talk) 02:52, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

They aren't the same thing. Observational error relates to taking a measurement. Approximation error includes other types of errors - for instance those introduced by using approximate values (e.g., any value used for PI in a digital numerical calculation will be an approximation), those introduced by ignoring less significant effects in a computation, etc. So some observational errors may be examples of approximation errors, but things like systematic measurement error are not particularly relevant to approximation error. Think they should stay separate. Zodon (talk) 06:12, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
I agree, they are clearly distinct topics. Approximation error needn't have any random component, but randomness is pretty fundamental to the concept of measurement/observational error. The articles should be expanded to make the distinction clear though. -- Avenue (talk) 07:07, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
I will remove the merge tags then--Thorseth (talk) 08:30, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

Non sampling error[edit]

I thought it was rather odd that Non_sampling_error redirects to this page (Observational_error), and not Non-sampling_error...... — Preceding unsigned comment added by 130.216.51.121 (talk) 00:33, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

Now fixed as suggested. Melcombe (talk) 23:24, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

New merge proposal[edit]

I oppose the proposed merge with Systematic error and Random error. Those two topics deserve their own articles. -- 202.124.73.40 (talk) 08:43, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

Both articles contain sections systematic versus random error therefore there is substantial duplicated material. Fgnievinski (talk) 01:16, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
Agree They're so strongly related it's easiest to discuss them by contrasting them. They're both quite short articles, so there's no danger of excessive clutter. 71.41.210.146 (talk) 10:03, 26 September 2014 (UTC)