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How Accurate Is the Standard Second?
  • Eran Tal
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • 1 December 2011
Contrary to the claim that measurement standards are absolutely accurate by definition, I argue that unit definitions do not completely fix the referents of unit terms. Instead, idealized models playExpand
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Old and New Problems in Philosophy of Measurement
The philosophy of measurement studies the conceptual, ontological, epistemic, and technological conditions that make measurement possible and reliable. A new wave of philosophical scholarship hasExpand
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Making Time: A Study in the Epistemology of Measurement
  • Eran Tal
  • Sociology
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 1 March 2016
This article develops a model-based account of the standardization of physical measurement, taking the contemporary standardization of time as its central case study. To standardize the measurementExpand
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The Epistemology of Measurement: A Model-based Account
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We argue that unit definitions do not completely fix the referents of unit terms. Expand
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A Model-Based Epistemology of Measurement
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From data to phenomena and back again: computer-simulated signatures
  • Eran Tal
  • Computer Science
  • Synthese
  • 1 September 2011
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This paper draws attention to an increasingly common method of using computer simulations to establish evidential standards in physics. Expand
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Calibration: Modelling the measurement process.
  • Eran Tal
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Studies in history and philosophy of science
  • 1 October 2017
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Calibration procedures establish a reliable relation between the final states ('indications') of a measurement process and features of the objects being measured ('outcomes'). This article analyzes the inferential structure of calibration procedures. Expand
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How Does Measuring Generate Evidence? The Problem of Observational Grounding
The epistemology of measurement is an area of philosophy that studies the relationships between measurement and knowledge. One of its central aims is to explain how measurement can function as aExpand
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Naturalness and convention in the International System of Units
  • Eran Tal
  • Computer Science
  • 12 September 2017
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A conceptual tension between the need for long-lasting unit definitions and the need to testable fundamental laws . Expand
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The making of measurement: Editors' introduction.
This special issue consists of selected papers arising from the interdisciplinary conference "The Making of Measurement" held at the University of Cambridge on 23-24 July 2015. In this introduction,Expand
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