In Greek para means "beside"; what do scientists call constant
quantities beside which other quantities are measured?
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The word parameter (1656) derives from the Greek
para, beside, and metron,
This word parameter(s) has two odd senses: one
explicit, i.e, something that is meseaurable, having limitations and so can be
contained; but on the other side, one that is beyond measurability.
This second sense is not said, but we certainly have it in our two
words, parapsychic and parapsychology.
pamproductions55 at &55hotmail.com
I always thought of a parameter as an "arbitrary value"
or placeholder in an equation which I believe is consistent with your
Programmers muddy the waters by applying two
definitions to the word.
They distinguish between a
"formal parameter," which is a place holder for an arbitrary value, and an
"actual parameter," which is the value substituted for the parameter when
computing the result.
In the popular vernacular,
parameter is more often used incorrectly to mean a limit or
boundary. Will this become a new definition of the word in future
tryg at &8statease.com
One of a set of measurable factors, such as temperature and
pressure, that define a system and determine its behavior and are varied in an
experiment. I think you got his one wrong!
[Mootguy: I've been wrong before. That's why I send these
questions out. One of you guys will tell me whether the question works or
not.Does this rephrasing work better? In Greek para means
"beside"; what do scientists call quantities beside which other quantities are
jestromm at & mhotmail.com
I think that second question works better; does not
specify the "nature" of the initial quantity. Emphasizes the concept of
"beside." Which incidentally, works for definitions of words such as
paranormal, paralegal or parapsychology. Not so much "immeasurable" as
slundgren at & warnerpacific.edu
In response to the business of being "beyond
measurability": Don't think this is quite right; "parapsychological" phenomena
might (or might not) be immeasurable, but I think the main idea is that there
is another psychological sphere existing alongside the conventionally
recognized one. Whether it is measurable or not is another question entirely.
jacko at & lycos.com
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