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)