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  1. [uncertainty] In GIS data processing, the persistence of an error into new datasets calculated or created using datasets that originally contained errors. The study of error propagation is concerned with the effects of combined and accumulated errors throughout a series of data processing operations.
  2. [ESRI software] In Survey Analyst for field measurements, a method of transferring statistical information about the spatial quality of survey points to other survey points.

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