Definition of fudge factor in US English:

fudge factor


  • A figure included in a calculation to account for error or unanticipated circumstances, or to ensure a desired result.

    ‘the market soon recognized the fudge factor, half a point tacked on for the drought effect’
    • ‘They developed fudge factors in an attempt to compensate for sudden shifts in equation outcomes.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, we were not getting the minimum fan speed from the No.1 motor, but the aircraft was accelerating, and we had a 13,000-foot runway that gave us plenty of fudge factor.’
    • ‘He regarded the constant as the worst mistake of his career, and he was upset by Lemaitre's use of his super-galactic fudge factor.’
    • ‘As a result, Einstein was accused of inserting a fudge factor (the cosmological constant) to keep the universe from collapsing.’
    • ‘Time was you could pace out a site, scribble some numbers on the back of a piece of paper, make a few calculations, add in your secret fudge factor, and come up with a decent bid.’
    • ‘This is a fudge factor which is derived from the respiratory quotient.’
    • ‘The idea that conservative judges aren't as capable or willing to manipulate these fudge factors as avidly and effectively as liberals sometimes do is the essential lie of the conservative legal movement.’
    • ‘Applying our 50% fudge factor, we will use 3,930 kilometers as the basis of our analysis.’
    • ‘Although this is a particularly dramatic example, fudge factors are used in theoretical pricing every day.’
    • ‘I'd hesitate to tell you the number of fudge factors involved in fatigue and fracture analysis.’
    • ‘The price is optimized in the sense that any fudge factors thrown into the price calculation to offset unknowns have been eliminated or drastically reduced.’
    • ‘We can't model them using a single fudge factor.’
    • ‘In years past this value was, at best, a fudge factor.’
    • ‘This is due to some mysterious repulsive force, first envisioned by physicist Albert Einstein as part of his so-called fudge factor in keeping the universe balanced.’
    • ‘The calculated shifts for the specified parameters are adjusted by the fudge factors before they are applied.’
    • ‘As in the analogy, such fudge factors are applicable only where the motion is constant both in speed and in direction.’
    • ‘The other hardening parameter c is treated as a fudge factor here.’
    • ‘Even though it is anathema to spec builders and many engineers, a big part of the strategy is to reduce the fudge factor for extra capacity.’
    • ‘This means that the quantitative predictions of QCD, which in principle cover all the phenomena of the strong interaction, are unambiguous: no fudge factors are available.’
    • ‘This was a calculation which had no fudge factors at all.’