Standard set of terms for precision, accuracy, related concepts.

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Tue Apr 25 17:14:25 UTC 2017

Achim Gratz <Stromeko at>:
> Eric S. Raymond writes:
> > Achim, you and Gary *both* get to write glossaries covering terms like
> > precision, accuracy, drift, and related stuff.  Give it your best
> > shot(s).  If, after a reasonable period of time, I have a glossary
> > only from one of you, tha person wins and the glossary gets blessed
> > and added to the official documentation.
> That is a bit of a can of worms as you have already seen, both in the
> original thread and the answers here.  Just the two terms you mention
> are used in different ways for different things and so far we haven't
> even determined whether we can or want to unify on one set of
> definitions throughout all of NTP or maybe keep domain-specific meanings
> where appropriate.

If we're not working towards a unified vocabulary, what's the point
of having a glossary at all?  

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