Posts Tagged ‘precision’

Brevity

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

To connect with an audience: use precise words, provide an accurate picture and avoid details.

Presidential debates: the quintessential high-stakes communication

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

A presidential debate is a very public high-stakes communication where there is a ton of post-analysis to judge the effectiveness of content and delivery. This one provided some stark contrasts in communication effectiveness.

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Accuracy and precision are NOT synonyms

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

In mathematics and scientific measurement, accuracy and precision are distinct. Accuracy indicates how close to the truth a specific measurement is, while precision indicates how much certainty or uncertainty there is in that measurement. (more…)

Measurements and the truth

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

A useful metaphor for presenting information honestly is evident in how truth is defined in the American justice system by emphasizing three aspects: (more…)

Honest precision and communicating with clarity

Friday, June 1st, 2012

When a person is selling a product or an idea, it is natural to present a positive bias that reflects well on their perspective. While the best scientists, teachers, and judges may epitomize some of the exceptions to this statement, there are still enough counter-examples that we must be wary of the natural bias of our human nature. We all need to remember that rose-colored glasses are built into human reasoning and communications.

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Presenting quantified data

Monday, October 31st, 2011

A useful metaphor for presenting information honestly is evident in how truth is defined ¬†in the American justice system by emphasizing three aspects: (more…)

Communicating with clarity

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Communicating accurately with the right level of precision is a discriminating strength of most great communications. Conversely, communicating inaccurately or with too much or too little precision is a recurring fault in many ineffective communications. This balance, underappreciated by most communicators, is an instructive topic for some important observations on speaking, listening and writing.

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Precision is not always good

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Communicating accurately with the right level of precision is a discriminating strength of most great communications. Conversely, communicating inaccurately or with too much or too little precision is a recurring fault in many ineffective communications. This balance, underappreciated by most communicators, is an instructive topic for some important observations on speaking and listening.

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Accuracy and Precision

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

In mathematics and scientific measurement, accuracy and precision are related yet quite distinct. Accuracy indicates how close to the truth a specific measurement is; precision indicates how much certainty or uncertainty there is in that measurement.

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