probable error


Also found in: Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

probable error

n. Abbr. PE
The amount by which the arithmetic mean of a sample is expected to deviate from the true population mean because of chance alone.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

probable error

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
References in periodicals archive ?
Calculate the calibration frequency using the results of steps 1 to 4, the calibration frequency can then be calculated using the desired performance minus the Total Probable Error divided by the stability per month.
Testing Hypothesis 3 during 2004-2005 is that Since the significance level of the hypothesis is less than the probable error, then with a 99% probability it can be claimed that there is positive a relationship between the householder's attitude and their income rate.
Based on the assumed probable error range in Table 1, the followings in Table 3 are the lower ([c.sub.a]), middle ([c.sub.m]) and upper ([c.sub.b]) bound values, and also the expected value ([c.sub.e]) and variance ([s.sup.2]) for each cost element.
In contrast with a conventional howitzer, which has a range of only about 40 kilometers and might miss its target by as much as 150 meters, the probable error for GPS-guided rockets of any range is likely to be in the 5-meter range.
To measure the variability within stockpiles and lagoons of various animal manures and determine the number of sub-samples needed to characterize the nutrient content within a 10% probable error;
In the modem receiver, little effect is seen for power separations of 8dB and substantial errors are not observed until the separation is less than 3dB; in that event an error flag indicates a probable error.
The Premium Performance line has an extremely low total probable error (TPE).
For a more typical case in actual use the probable error is ET = 1% + 3 % + 4% = 8%.
The engraving of this work as well as the other has been done in a very readable Russian style, with a happy emphasis on accuracy: a careful though not thorough check turned up only one probable error in the score (in m.

Full browser ?