Re: More/Less Accurate/Complete

Subject: Re: More/Less Accurate/Complete
From: "Susan W Gallagher" <susanwg -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Keith Hansen" <KRH -at- weiland-wfg -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 07:37:49 -0700

Isn't Pi to 16 decimal places _more_accurate_ than Pi to 4 decimal places?
So yes, that makes sense to me. But "accurate" is very different from
"complete" -- a phone number without an area code, for example, would be
accurate but not complete and adding the area code wouldn't make it any more
accurate but it would make it complete.

Depends on what those extra numbers are for, I suppose.
-Sue Gallagher

On 5/21/08, Keith Hansen <KRH -at- weiland-wfg -dot- com> wrote:
> Folks,
> Give me your opinion on these sentences... (I just came across them
> while editing.)
> "If you enter these numbers, your figures will be more complete."
> "If you enter these numbers, your figures will be more accurate."
> I don't think figures can be more or less complete/accurate. They either
> are complete/accurate, or they aren't.
> For example, assume you have two students in math class:
> * Student A says 2+2 = 5.
> * Student B says 2+2 = 500.
> Neither student is accurate. You could say one student is closer to the
> correct answer than the other student. But "more accurate" or "less
> accurate"?!
> Your opinions, please.
> Keith
> P.S. Of course, in the U.S. Constitution, we do have that bit about
> forming a "more perfect" union...

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