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fudge factor

Room for error or mistakes. I'm not very good at math, so I always leave a fudge factor when I'm tallying up my expenditures for the month.
See also: factor, fudge

fudge factor

Fig. a margin of error. I never use a fudge factor. I measure correctly, and I cut the material exactly the way I measured it. I built in a fudge factor of three percent.
See also: factor, fudge

fudge factor

a figure which is included in a calculation in order to account for some unquantified but significant phenomenon or to ensure a desired result.
Fudge, apparently originating in the mid 18th century as an exclamation of disgust or irritation, later acquired a specific verbal sense in printers' jargon, meaning to ‘do work imperfectly or as best you can with the materials available’.
See also: factor, fudge

fudge factor

n. a margin of error. I never use a fudge factor. I measure correctly, and I cut the material exactly the way I measured it.
See also: factor, fudge
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To add credibility to projected gross margins, build in a fudge factor of 2%-3%.
Am I double-counting components, or adding in too high a fudge factor for unknowns?
Keep these three financial lists separate but add them up (include a fudge factor of 10%).
That gave him a convenient fudge factor that kept him from realizing that different parts of the planet were drifting into view.
For packed or compacted snow, for example, the "fair"/"medium" braking action rating calls for a fudge factor of 1.
The fudge factors might only be a few tenths of a percentage point.
Vogt and Butler ran some calculations, with giant fudge factors built in, and figured that as much as one out of five to 10 stars in the universe have planets that are Earth-sized and in the habitable zone.
Fudge factors that support suppositions have become the modus operandi for some less-than-credible authors.
While operations continue without major change, traditional rules of thumb and fudge factors can hide problem areas.
The problem is that they now seem to be using the same fudge factors in other sports.