Calibration and Recalibration of Measuring Instruments: A Bayesian Perspective

  1. French College of Metrology
  1. E. Mathioulakis and
  2. V. Belessiotis

Published Online: 3 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470611371.ch65

Transverse Disciplines in Metrology

Transverse Disciplines in Metrology

How to Cite

French College of Metrology (2009) Calibration and Recalibration of Measuring Instruments: A Bayesian Perspective, in Transverse Disciplines in Metrology, ISTE, London, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470611371.ch65

Author Information

  1. Solar & other Energy Systems Laboratory, NCSR “DEMOKRITOS” 15310, Agia Paraskevi Attikis - Greece

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781848210486

Online ISBN: 9780470611371



  • bayesian approach;
  • calibrating;
  • prior information;
  • posteriori distribution;
  • calibrated instrument


The scope of this communication is to present an analysis of problems related to the calibration of the measuring instruments, based on the concept of conditional probabilities and the Bayes formula. Existing knowledge on the metrological behavior of the instrument is treated as prior information which will be combined with probabilistic information drawn from the calibration itself, in order to produce an updated state of knowledge concerning the response of the instrument. Thus, a probabilistic representation of the parameters defining the calibration curve is produced which considers the history of the instrument, as well as the uncertainties associated with the measurements taken during the calibration.