ASQ - Statistics Division

Statistical Issues in Measurement

Abstract: Statistical thinking is crucial in making and understanding measurements, and natural variation is as poorly understood and respected here as in other quality areas. This special publication addresses two rather different topics: statistical thinking in measurements – as a tutorial for non-statisticians – and statistics in metrology, to give the technically-oriented quality professional a detailed taste of some of the more interesting and unusual ways that industrial statistics are used every day in support of measurement science. Also discussed is the relatively new international guide for the expression of uncertainty in measurements, which should be of great interest to apprentice and journeyman alike, since it will certainly play an increasing role in many quality applications in the near future.

Keywords: Statistical thinking - Metrology - Measurement Error - GUM

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