Law of error

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(Mensuration) the law which expresses the relation between the magnitude of an error and the frequency with which that error will be committed in making a large number of careful measurements of a quantity.

See also: Error

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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As an error propagates over time, the value of [DELTA] increases according to the Law of Error Propagation (see Figure 3), which states, "The absolute value of the [DELTA] between an actual value and an erroneously predicted value increases in direct proportion to the time over which the error is propagated." So given sufficient time, small errors become big errors.
They thus labeled the variation--today's "bell curve"--as "the Law of Error." Meanwhile, numbers about all kinds of social phenomena were exhibiting the same Law of Error.
There is hope when tens of thousands are not put off by lengthy disquisitions on such topics as celestial and social mechanics, the law of errors and the second law of thermodynamics.