What is a false positive?


I am still relatively news to the world of translations. I have come up a few time with the term ‘false positive’. Can someone please explain to me what this means.

Thank you for your help.


When running QA (quality assurance) reports, you will encounter false positives. They are correct segments wrongly flagged as errors.

Source (en-GB): Could we meet on 3/4/2017 at 2:30pm?
Target (fr-FR): Est-ce qu’on peut se rencontrer le 3 avril 2017 à 14h30?
Number ‘4’ is missing from the target, so that would be marked as an error – however we know the date is correctly localized, so that’s a false positive.

You can find this example and some more information on the topic in this article.


Thank you very much @ElenaF.

Bonne journée


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You’re welcome!

Happy translating! :smiley_cat: