Accuracy and Precision


The accuracy of an analytical measurement is how close a result comes to the true value. Determining the accuracy of a measurement usually requires calibration of the analytical method with a known standard.


Precision is the reproducibility of multiple measurements and is usually described by the standard deviation, standard error, or confidence interval.

Illustration of accuracy and precision

Further Information

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