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TitleEvaluating methods of calculating measurement uncertainty
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsHall, B.D.
PaginationL5 - L8
Date Published2008
ISSN00261394 (ISSN)
KeywordsComputational methods, computer simulation, Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM), Measurement problems, Measurements, Monte Carlo methods, Uncertainty analysis
AbstractThis communication demonstrates the need for independent validation when an uncertainty calculation procedure is applied to a particular type of measurement problem. A simple measurement scenario is used to highlight differences in the performance of two general methods of uncertainty calculation, one from the Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM) and one from Supplement 1 to the 'Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement' - Propagation of Distributions using a Monte Carlo method. The performance of these methods is investigated in terms of the long-run success rate when applied to many simulated measurements in the scenario. An individual application of the method is deemed successful if an uncertainty interval containing the measurand is obtained. The alternative approach to validation taken in the Supplement, that an uncertainty interval calculated by a Monte Carlo method can be used to validate the GUM method, is not consistent with the results of this study. © 2008 BIPM and IOP Publishing Ltd.

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