defining stuff (was Re: On the impossibility ...)
eshaya at umd.edu
Thu Feb 7 09:04:31 PST 2008
>> I also would not underestimate the number of times a term has
>> multiple meanings.
>> That is unacceptable for us.
> Why - and by "us", to what use case(s) are you referring - and what
> are "we" (in this case, the architecture addressing all supported use
> cases) going to do about it?
We have to break up a term into several or drop certain meanings. This
is where the definition is crucial.
image is both a noun and a verb, and there are two meaning of the noun,
so we need three terms where there is now 1.
image - n. a photograph or digital representation of a scene obtained by
focal_image - n. the illusion of a scene created by the focusing of
light by a lens or a camera.
image_act - v. the act of creating a focal_image
Coma has 3 meanings that I can think of, but one, a prolonged state of
unconsciousnous, we probably can survive without. For the others we
need to break into two:
comet_coma - the bright cloud containing the nucleus of a comet and
constituting a major portion of the head of a comet.
coma - a crescent shaped distortion to point sources in the focal_image
of an optical system.
> - Rob
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