# Uniform error what does it mean?

## Main Question or Discussion Point

"Uniform error"...what does it mean?

I'm reading a paper right now that talks about an error term being uniform under certain conditions. But what does it *mean* for an error term to be "uniform"? I have no idea.

Also, I recall having read some things about "uniform error estimates." Is this a similar notion?

## Answers and Replies

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D H
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It means the error is drawn from a uniform distribution.

It means the error is drawn from a uniform distribution.
Thanks for your response, but that really means very little to me. I'm familiar with the uniform distribution, but I can't immediately make sense of "drawing error" from it. Do you mean that all errors (within some range) are equally probable?

Uniform distribution may mean:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_distribution_(continuous [Broken])

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Thanks for your response, but that really means very little to me. I'm familiar with the uniform distribution, but I can't immediately make sense of "drawing error" from it. Do you mean that all errors (within some range) are equally probable?
Surely that would be my interpretation.