a quantity formerly used as a measure of variability: equal to 0.6745 times the standard deviation. A normally distributed population has half of its elements within one probable error of the mean.
Words nearby probable error
Origin of probable error
First recorded in 1805–15
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Scientific definitions for probable error
[ prŏb′ə-bəl ]
The amount by which the arithmetic mean of a sample is expected to vary because of chance alone.
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