What is uncertainty?


Uncertainty is a term used in subtly different ways in a number of fields, including physics, philosophy, statistics, economics, finance, insurance, psychology, sociology, engineering, and information science. It applies to predictions of future events, to physical measurements already made, or to the unknown.

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Some articles on uncertainty:

Anxiety/uncertainty Management - Anxiety, Uncertainty, Mindfulness, and Effective Communication
... communication whereas the previous 34 axioms focused on managing our anxiety and uncertainty when communicating with strangers Axiom 35 An increase in our ability to describe strangers' behavior will ... of communication, we are not overly vigilant, and our anxiety and uncertainty are between our minimum and maximum thresholds ... This axiom holds only when our anxiety and uncertainty are between our minimum and maximum thresholds, and when we are not mindful ...
Uncertainty - Applications
... Uncertainty or error is used in science and engineering notation ... Uncertainty is involved in every measurement, such as measuring a distance, a temperature, etc ... Similarly, uncertainty is propagated through calculations so that the calculated value has some degree of uncertainty depending upon the uncertainties of the measured ...
List Of Tornadoes Causing 100 Or More Deaths - Uncertainty
... There are many sources of uncertainty in the statistics mentioned on this page ... There is also meteorological uncertainty with the nature of many tornadoes on this list ...

More definitions of "uncertainty":

  • (noun): Being unsettled or in doubt.
    Example: "The uncertainty of the outcome"
    Synonyms: uncertainness

Famous quotes containing the word uncertainty:

    It was your severed image that grew sweeter,
    That floated, wing-stiff, focused in the sun
    Along uncertainty and gales of shame
    Blown out before I slept. Now you are one
    I dare not think alive: only a name
    That chimes occasionally, as a belief
    Long since embedded in the static past.
    Philip Larkin (1922–1986)

    I think the worst thing this nation could do for humanity would be to leave any uncertainty as to our will, our purpose and our capacity to carry out our purpose.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911–1978)

    What a chimera then is man. What a novelty! What a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy. Judge of all things, imbecile worm of the earth; depositary of truth, a sink of uncertainty and error: the pride and refuse of the universe.
    Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)