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Modifying uncertainty from sampling to achieve fitness for purpose: a case study on nitrate in lettuce
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 21:22 authored by Jennifer A Lyn, Ilaria M Palestra, Michael H Ramsey, Andrew P Damant, Roger Wood
Existing methods have been applied to estimate the uncertainty of measurement, caused by both sampling and analysis, and fitness-for-purpose of these measurements. A new approach has been taken to modify the measurement uncertainty by changing the contribution made by the sampling process. A case study on nitrate in lettuce has been used to demonstrate the applicability of this new generic approach. The sampling theory of Gy was used to predict the alterations in the sampling protocol required to achieve the necessary change in sampling uncertainty. An experimental application of this altered sampling protocol demonstrated that the predicted change in sampling uncertainty was achieved in practice. For the lettuce case study, this approach showed that composite samples containing 40 heads, rather than the usual ten heads, produced measurements of nitrate that where more fit-for-purpose.
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