Talk:Random error

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There was no page in Wikipedia that discussed this topic. This page redirected to errors and residuals in statistics, in which the word "random" is never used. I started a stub that I won't be able to complete. But I think that a stub is better than the actual situation. Paolo.dL (talk) 18:16, 9 August 2008 (UTC)


Going by definitions that:

Random errors arise from uncontrollable variables

Systematic errors arise from controllable variables

As per Random error, "Random error is caused by unpredictable fluctuations in the readings of a measurement apparatus, or in the experimenter's interpretation of the instrumental reading; these fluctuations may be in part due to interference of the environment with the measurement process."

I argue that most of the experimenter's interpretation can be corrected by experimental design so that only unpredictable fluctuations in the environment/instrument are left to be classified as random error. Further, this means that air pressure changes when weighing, etc. . . are classified as systematic errors because they are controllable within sufficient reason.

Strictly unpredictable and uncontrollable errors should be classified as random errors.

M.lee.wise (talk) 19:04, 17 January 2011 (UTC)