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On the colour and spin of epistemic error (and what we might do about it)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
2011 (English)In: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, ISSN 1027-5606, E-ISSN 1607-7938, Vol. 15, no 10, 3123-3133 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Disinformation as a result of epistemic error is an issue in hydrological modelling. In particular the way in which the colour in model residuals resulting from epistemic errors should be expected to be non-stationary means that it is difficult to justify the spin that the structure of residuals can be properly represented by statistical likelihood functions. To do so would be to greatly overestimate the information content in a set of calibration data and increase the possibility of both Type I and Type II errors. Some principles of trying to identify periods of disinformative data prior to evaluation of a model structure of interest, are discussed. An example demonstrates the effect on the estimated parameter values of a hydrological model.

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2011. Vol. 15, no 10, 3123-3133 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-163255DOI: 10.5194/hess-15-3123-2011ISI: 000296745600009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-163255DiVA: diva2:464412
Available from: 2011-12-13 Created: 2011-12-09 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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