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Re: What is a better word for "de-duplication"?
Subject: Re: What is a better word for "de-duplication"?|
From: James Fuller <jim.fuller@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 00:49:01 +0200
Abel Online wrote:
Jim Melton wrote:
I think that my serious suggestion a couple of days ago got lost
because of my joke. The joke was "uniquify". The serious suggestion
was "duplicate elimination". That is very clear, not ambiguous, easy
to say, and doesn't depend on any vocabulary that requires further
I'd go for "duplicates elimination". At first I didn't really got it:
did you mean eliminating things twice (you only live twice, so you can
die twice?) but then I saw it: you meant eliminating duplicates! ;)
Since duplicates never arive one at a time (they wouldn't be duplicate
(n) if they were), I think the plural is in place here.
I doubt that as much as 5% of the users of XQuery, SQL, and even XSLT
will be able to figure out what "node factorisation" means -- heck,
even I'm uncertain why you think that the term is sufficiently
meaningful to seriously suggest it.
I admit, I confess! I belong to the other 95 %. I thought factorisation
had something to do with the exclamation mark in mathematics: 5! =
1*2*3*4*5 = 120. Or the other way around: finding unique factors gives
you all prime numbers that multiplied together give you your query
number (isn't that called factoring out a number?).
deduping is sexy librarin term for this...
perhaps there is some term from set theory with converting
multisets(bags) to sets using lesser known symmetric difference
operation with a 2 copies of itself (and another operation)...cant
remember/think too late to google
in SQL/RDBMS world I think making something 'distinct' is clear enough
-- Jim Fuller
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