The word error entails different meanings and usages relative to how it is conceptually applied. The concrete meaning of the Latin word "error" is "wandering" or "straying". Unlike an illusion, an error or a mistake can sometimes be dispelled through knowledge (knowing that one is looking at a mirage and not at real water does not make the mirage disappear). For example, a person who uses too much of an ingredient in a recipe and has a failed product can learn the right amount to use and avoid repeating the mistake. However, some errors can occur even when individuals have the required knowledge to perform a task correctly. Examples include forgetting to collect change after buying chocolate from a vending machine, forgetting the original document after making photocopies, and forgetting to turn the gas off after cooking a meal. Some errors occur when an individual is distracted by something else.

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Error - Numismatics
... In numismatics, an error refers to a coin or medal that has a minting mistake, similar to errors found in philately ... Bureau of the Mint keeps a careful eye on all potential errors, errors on U.S ... Examples of numismatic errors extra metal attached to a coin, a clipped coin caused by the coin stamp machine stamping a second coin too early, double stamping of a coin ...
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... One commonly distinguishes between the relative error and the absolute error ... The absolute error is the magnitude of the difference between the exact value and the approximation ... The relative error is the absolute error divided by the magnitude of the exact value ...
Numerical Software - Generation and Propagation of Errors - Truncation and Discretization Error
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Approximation Error - Definitions
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