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Estimate vs. estimation

An estimate is an approximate calculation or evaluation, and an estimation is the process of approximately calculating or evaluating. So an estimate is the result of estimation.

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If the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimates are correct, Freeborn County lost about 1,700 people in the past 10 years. [Albert Lea Tribune]

Now, in the first reliable estimation of how long the volcano will continue erupting for, experts believe Lusi will not rest until 2037. [Daily Mail]

Whalen cut his estimate for this year’s revenue by about 1%, to $1.52 billion, while raising his EPS estimate by a penny to $1.24. [Barron’s]

Both (especially Grant) have begun a recent rise in the estimation of historians. [Wall Street Journal]

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