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the lack of knowledge regarding the likelihood of potential outcomes
RPoldrack about five years ago.

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User Discussion


"Removed the beginning of this definition, 'the condition of being uncertain', which is uninformative. What remains does not seem like it has much to to with 'Mental Constructs', and probably belongs in the 'Tasks' section. Another new definition has been created for 'Uncertainty (subjective)' which I feel addresses more the point of having a definition of uncertainty within a Cognitive Atlas"
MSharman (about six years ago)
"I'm not sure how useful the current definition is either in the context of Cognitive Atlas. I can think of examples of uncertainty, as when a person encounters a stimulus at the threshold of perception, but I don't quite know how to write up a fitting definition to this end."
MLewis (about six years ago)
"I agree with MLewis here - the current defintion is not describing a psychological construct, but rather a statistical one. I think that when psychologists speak of "uncertainty" they necessarily mean "subjective uncertainty". "
RPoldrack (about six years ago)


"Initial definition retrieved from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/uncertainty"
NPicchetti (about six years ago)
"Would be nice to have more broad definitions here. Not sure if a separate "ambiguity" concept would be useful, but a lot of concepts could be considered "uncertain" (e.g., "delay")..."
JClithero (about six years ago)

Term History

REVISION 5

Definition contributed by MSharman about six years ago:(Statistics) the estimated amount or percentage by which an observed or calculated value may differ from the true value.

REVISION 4

Definition contributed by MChen about six years ago:The condition of being uncertain; (Statistics) the estimated amount or percentage by which an observed or calculated value may differ from the true value.

REVISION 3

Definition contributed by BGregory about six years ago:The condition of being uncertain; (Statistics) the estimated amount or percentage by which an observed or calculated value may differ from the true value.

REVISION 2

Definition contributed by BGregory about eight years ago:The condition of being uncertain; (Statistics) the estimated amount or percentage by which an observed or calculated value may differ from the true value. (from thefreedictionary.com)

REVISION 1

Definition contributed by SAdministrator about eight years ago:No definition submitted yet

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