From A Galaxy Far Away to Metrology: Understanding Decision Rules through Star Wars

January 3, 2024

Decision Rules

Henry Zumbrun, President of Morehouse Instrument Company, explores the complex world of decision rules in metrology with an unconventional twist. His article, "The Force of Decision Rules: Applying Specific and Global Risk to Star Wars," featured in the January issue of Quality Magazine, uses the Star Wars saga to shed light on the subject.Decision Rules

Quality Magazine, a leading voice for quality professionals, includes this piece in its January 2024 issue.

The magazine addresses the evolving needs of quality experts.

Zumbrun's article parallels the Force in Star Wars and decision rules in metrology.

"Decision rules are the Force of metrology. They guide us in making accurate and precise measurements, even in the face of uncertainty," says Zumbrun.  Through this analogy, he aims to simplify the complexities of decision rules and make them accessible to all.

By incorporating "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" examples, Zumbrun delves into specific and global risk examples related to decision rules. His goal is to demystify these concepts and provide a clear understanding that professionals can apply in their metrology work.

Readers interested in gaining a fresh perspective on decision rules, measurement risk, and their applications are encouraged to explore Zumbrun's article at Measurement-C | January 2024 | Quality (

A PDF of the article is found here.

Did you like the article but have lots of questions? Join Zumbrun on May 2 at 10 AM for a unique and engaging 90-minute webinar, "The Force of Decision Rules: Metrology Meets Star Wars.”

In this fun and informative session, he’ll explore the complex world of decision rules in metrology with a creative twist – using the beloved Star Wars saga as our guide.

This webinar will demystify decision rules using examples from 'Episode IV: A New Hope,' making the topic accessible and engaging, even for those who haven't ventured into the Star Wars universe.

Concluding with a Q&A session, participants can engage with Zumbrun on metrology topics. Join us– no prior Star Wars experience is required!  More information on this and other webinars is found at

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Morehouse Instrument Company, a trusted and accredited provider of force and torque measurement services for over 100 years, offers measurement uncertainties 10-50 times lower than the competition. Morehouse helps commercial labs, government labs, and other organizations lower their measurement risk by lowering equipment uncertainties for torque and force measurement.

We believe in changing how people think about force and torque calibration in everything we do.

This includes setting expectations on load cell reliability and challenging the "just calibrate it" mentality by educating our customers on what matters and what causes significant errors.

We focus on reducing these errors and making our products simple and user-friendly.

This means your instruments will pass calibration more often and produce more precise measurements, giving you the confidence to focus on your business.

Companies around the globe rely on Morehouse for accuracy and speed.

Our measurement uncertainties are 10-50 times lower than the competition.

We turn around your equipment in 7-10 business days so you can return to work quickly, saving you money.

When you choose Morehouse, you're not just paying for a calibration service or a load cell.

You're investing in peace of mind, knowing your equipment is calibrated accurately and on time.

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