Accession Number : AD0622006

Title :   PRECISION: A SCIENTIFIC VICE.

Descriptive Note : Professional paper,

Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Perry,G. H.

Report Date : 17 AUG 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : A widely-held semantic misconception of precision is described. The semantic error that results is sometimes deliberate, sometimes less conscious. In either case, it leads to an over-emphasis on precision when the real quality of interest is accuracy. The implications of this over-emphasis for scientific endeavor are explored, and a recommendation is made. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, LANGUAGE), (*ERRORS, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH), THEORY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE