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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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Piecing this information together requires introducing a lot of what NIST physicist Brian Simonds calls 'fudge factors'.
They find the conflict so confounding that they are talking about coming up with "new physics," incorporating perhaps some yet-to-be-discovered particle or other cosmic "fudge factors" like dark energy or dark matter.
It never does.) Time to put in formal fudge factors. But it is rolling out now, so there should be alleviation of the affected citizens' very genuine plight.
The fudge factors might only be a few tenths of a percentage point.