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# Can you be accurate but not precise?

## Answer

###### Wiki User

###### August 25, 2011 6:11AM

Yes you can be accurate but not precise and vice versa. Think about trying to hit the bull's eye of a dart board or target. You could throw a dart 5 times and hit the same spot 5 times (very precise) but hit far away from the center (not very accurate). You could throw 5 times and get near the center (accurate) but never hit the same spot (not precise).

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