Pronunciation: /ˈɛr.ər/ Explain

Error can refer to three different things in mathematics:

  1. Measurment Error - the difference between a measurement and an actual value.
  2. Computational Error - the difference between a calculated value and the actual or theoretical value.
  3. Statistical error - how much a summary value of a variable for the whole population is likely to differ from the summary value of a sample.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, error. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 72. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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