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Re: re: Accuracy and Precision

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  • Subject: [mg37146] Re: [mg37130] re: Accuracy and Precision
  • From: "Mark Coleman" <mark at>
  • Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2002 05:56:30 -0400 (EDT)
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  • Reply-to: "Mark Coleman" <mark at>
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I have read with great interest this lively debate on numerical prcesion and
accuracy. As I work in the fields of finance and economics, where we feel
ourselves blessed if we get three digits of accuracy, I'm curious as to what
scientific endeavors require 50+ digits of precision? As I recall there are
some areas, such as high energy physics and some elements of astronomy, that
might require so many digits in some circumstances. Are there others?




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