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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That's why most active shooters reload, building ammo that comfortably makes Power Factor (you want a fudge factor to account for temperature differences and chronograph variations) but no more.
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This balancing act is the process of rationalization, and it is the basis for what we'll call the 'fudge factor theory.'" (3) Thus, everyone cheats, but only to the point that they can still feel good about themselves.
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He labels the extent to which we can cheat and maintain our honest identity as a "personal fudge factor." Here he asks another simple question: How do we shrink the fudge factor?
--"Climate modeling's fudge factor comes under fire, " by R.A Kerr in Science, September 9, 1994
We now know the universe is expanding and Einstein's fudge factor was mistaken.
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.