uncertainty analysis

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A form of analysis that recognizes and attempts to quantify the effects of several kinds of error and uncertainty that might affect the applicability of study findings to a specific public health problem in a specified population and setting. These could include random and systematic errors in studies used to predict effects, and uncertainty about exposure levels in the population of interest. Software programs that sample from and propagate uncertainty distributions increase the feasibility of uncertainty analysis.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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