Do Not Confuse Precision With Accuracy

It’s easy to fall in the trap. Precise numbers help others trust that you are accurate.

However, precision is not accuracy. Someone can say, “Your package will arrive in 5 days, 2 hours and 15 seconds”. That is very precise, but it may not be accurate. On the other side, “Your package will arrive in 5 days” is less precise, but it can be more accurate.

An accurate answer or estimate is, most of the time, more precious than a precise one.

Picture by Thad Zajdowicz

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