Available from Physics arXiv, January 1, 2009.
Copyright © 2009 by Theodore P. Hill and Jack Miller. The definitive version is available at http://arxiv.org/abs/0901.4957.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Theodore P. Hill was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
This article describes an optimal method (conflation) to consolidate data from different experiments, and illustrates the advantages of conflation by graphical examples involving gaussian input distributions, and by a concrete numerical example involving the values of lattice spacing of silicon crystals used in determination of the current values of Planck's constant and the Avogadro constant.