Statistics in Analytical Chemistry: Part 24—Glossary

Since the beginning of this series of articles, the central topic has been calibration and its associated uncertainty. This discussion has come to an end; thus, a summary is in order before the subject matter changes (the next theme will be detection limits and quantitation limits).

The calibration “wrap-up” begins with this installment, which contains a glossary of all the important statistical terms and symbols that have been used so far. Every effort has been made to be exhaustive. However, if an alert reader finds that a specific entry has been omitted, he or she is encouraged to contact the authors.

Mr. Coleman is an Applied Statistician, Alcoa Technical Center, MST-C, 100 Technical Dr., Alcoa Center, PA 15069, U.S.A.; e-mail: david.coleman@alcoa.com. Ms. Vanatta is an Analytical Chemist, Air Liquide-Balazs™ Analytical Services, Box 650311, MS 301, Dallas, TX 75265, U.S.A.; tel.: 972-995-7541; fax: 972-995-3204; e-mail: lynn.vanatta@airliquide.com.

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