fudge factor


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fudge factor

n.
A variable factor or component used in calculations or experiments that allows for a margin of error or produces a desired result.
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Noun1.fudge factor - a quantity that is added or subtracted in order to increase the accuracy of a scientific measure
indefinite quantity - an estimated quantity
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I totted up what we'd spent on clothes for her in the previous year, added in a 10 percent fudge factor and plunked the money into her savings account just in time for back-to-school shopping.
Many situations can make the fudge factor far, far worse.
With a fudge factor of 10 trillion to 20 trillion bacteria, the number of microbes may pretty well match the number of human cells in the body, which also varies somewhat.
He labels the extent to which we can cheat and maintain our honest identity as a "personal fudge factor.
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The researchers included in their analysis a fudge factor for the mass of each planet's upper atmosphere, which can vary because--just as on Earth--regions of high and low pressure, and thus density, are in constant motion.
The wise pilot, familiar with things like low tire pressures and refreshingly honest about his or her skill with max-performance takeoffs, will add a fudge factor when calculating the airplane's runway and climb performance.