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English to Chinese translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary - Folklore
English term or phrase:tempered with...
The complete setence is "We hasten to notice that the present text is in no way a substitute for education or experience in probability and statistics tempered with large doses of common sense, curiosity and humility."
What the author wish to express with the latter portion of the sentence "tempered with..."?
The reason why I take 焠练 is because, when you make steel, you need to "temper" the mass. When a science comes into being, it must go through almost the same process. The author "humbly" declairs that he doees not claim the whole scope of the said science.
The phrase "seeking to produce sound and applicable distributions" may suggest that statistics is mixed with (or contains) or undermined (or moderated) by non-scientific (i.e. common sense) ideas and assumptions and the limitations of statistics.
The phrase "tempered with" here is quite ambiguous and open to more than one interpretation. It may mean "mixed with" or "moderated" as suggested below. Statistics may be regarded as an exact science by some, though it may not be necessarily so.
"We hasten to notice that the present text is in no way a substitute for education or experience in probability and statistics tempered with large doses of common sense, curiosity and humility. These pages represent a compilation of information and advice from many sources that we hope will serve to guide analysts seeking to produce sound and applicable distributions for use in probabilistic and risk assessments."