Re: Information

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    On 05/01/01 12:55, Robin Faichney said this-

    >Do you like or dislike "computer programs = patterns"?

    Well, I'm more than happy to sit and cogitate for awhile, since, I
    dislike that statement.

    Yes, a pattern could be discerned for some computer programs, (in that
    they all use the same GUI, or rely upon a similar keystroke), but,
    computer programs equaling patterns...? I still don't like it.
    Definitional problem, most likely.

    I don't like equal signs in anything but provable formulae.

    But, well, here's my dictionary- in none of these definitions could one
    insert the word 'algorithm' or 'computer program' in place of 'pattern',
    as far as I can see.

    pattern n.
    1.a. A model or an original used as an archetype. b. A person or thing
    considered worthy of imitation.
    2. A plan, diagram, or model to be followed in making things.
    3. A representative sample; a specimen.
    4.a. An artistic or decorative design. b. A design of natural or
    accidental origin.
    5. A consistent, characteristic form, style, or method, as: a. A
    composite of traits or features characteristic of an individual or a
    group. b. Form and style in an artistic work or body of artistic works.
    6.a. The configuration of gunshots upon a target that is used as an
    indication of skill in shooting. b. The distribution and spread, around a
    targeted region, of spent shrapnel, bomb fragments, or shot from a
    7. Enough material to make a complete garment.
    8. A test pattern.
    9. The flight path of an aircraft about to land.

    - Wade

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