I haven’t mentioned in awhile that this meme originally came from The Long Cut, one of my favorite blogs. (See, it’s right over there in the blogroll.)
1.) Go to Wikipedia.
2.) Click on “Random article.”
3.) Report on the outcome.
Here’s this week’s result:
An artifact is the error or misrepresentation introduced by a technique and/or technology. For example a week [sic] pseudo-random number generator would introduce artifacts into statistical research models.
This is really more of a dictionary definition than an encyclopedia entry. And aside from critiquing the prose (“week” for “weak”; how I yearn to put a comma after “example”; etc.), there just isn’t much for me to say. It’s an unobjectionable definition; the article just doesn’t discuss these kinds of artifacts. I don’t know what such a discussion would look like, but it sounds like it might be interesting. Are there several types of artifact errors? Are there famous artifacts? Gosh, I really want to know now.