Incorporating Misclassification Error in Skill Assessment

Briggs, William; Pocernich, Matt; Ruppert, David
November 2005
Monthly Weather Review;Nov2005, Vol. 133 Issue 11, p3382
Academic Journal
It is desirable to account for misclassification error of meteorological observations so that the true skill of the forecast can be assessed. Errors in observations can occur, among other places, in pilot reports of icing and in tornado spotting. Not accounting for misclassification error gives a misleading picture of the forecast’s true performance. An extension to the climate skill score test developed in Briggs and Ruppert is presented to account for possible misclassification error of the meteorological observation. This extension supposes a statistical misclassification-error model where “gold standard” data, or expert opinion, is available to characterize the misclassification-error characteristics of the observation. These model parameters are then inserted into the Briggs and Ruppert skill score for which a statistical test of significance can be performed.


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