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Re: What is a better word for "de-duplication"?
Subject: Re: What is a better word for "de-duplication"?|
From: Robert Koberg <rob@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 19:10:10 -0400
For a democracy to succeed, I think de-duplication should be outlawed.
Wendell Piez wrote:
At 06:17 PM 8/28/2006, Jim 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 like "duplicate elimination". (Sorry for sliding by it, Jim, in my
eagerness to allow my hackles to be raised. :-)
As for "normalization" (in either orthography), to Andrew's asking "Why
invent new terminology?", I can only answer "because the old one means
nothing to me". I'm not schooled in database theory and neither are many
of the people with whom we need to communicate XSLT concepts. (When
talking to Classicists I'm happy to use terms from Classics, but you
wouldn't want me to insist on referring to "hapax legomena" would you?
Whether I would be describing this or something else, I leave for you to
Then too, "normalization" already means something distinct to me (and to
many others) from "node factorization" (which is obscure but at least
capable of definition) or "duplicate elimination" (which is nicely clear
and to the point). That something is nonetheless very useful and
necessary, and I certainly need a term for it; and (turning the why
invent new terminology question on its head) "normalization" is already
applied to it in fields such as lexicography or textual criticism.
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