# Blog

## Evaluating and Comparing BER Performance

Submitted by winstead on Thu, 11/28/2013 - 08:48
One of my pet peeves with error correction research is that people frequently omit important details about bit error rate (BER) measurements. The BER performance is used to evaluate the quality of an algorithm, and to compare it against other competing algorithms. But sometimes two algorithms are very close in performance, and it is tempting to say, "my algorithm is best," even if it is only better by a small fraction. This can be problematic because BER is a statistical estimate, and the precise value is always a little uncertain.