RE: nitpicky word question

Subject: RE: nitpicky word question
From: Kim Roper <kim -dot- roper -at- vitana -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2001 15:27:24 -0500

John Gilger has the right idea. The missing element is that matrix elements
tend to be viewed as independent of each other or are related in some
loosey-goosey, pragmatic fashion, while table elements are related to other
elements in the same row or column (i.e., a very structured relationship).
Think of image pixels versus, say, a table of sales figures for various

That having been said, I suppose I could start replacing the term
"traceability matrix" with "traceability table," but I'll probably fall back
on that loosey-goosey thing instead :>

Cheers ... Kim
p.s. Yeah, I'm a math geek.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: JWood -at- ixl -dot- com [mailto:JWood -at- ixl -dot- com]
> Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2001 12:40 PM
> Subject: nitpicky word question
> Hi, I am a list reader who is interested in hearing opinions
> on a rather
> picky but relevant (I think) word differentiation issue -
> what's the difference, technically speaking, between a 'table' and a
> 'matrix'? I have a colleague who likes to refer to everything put into
> tabled format as a 'matrix'. I, on the other hand, prefer to
> call a table a
> table.
> any quick & easy ways to identify the difference?
> thanks for your thoughts,
> jenny
> Jenny Wood
> Technical Writer
> iXL, Inc.
> 1930 Camden Road, Suite 2070
> Charlotte, NC 28203
> > office: 704.943.7033 fax: 704.943.7001
> > jwood -at- ixl -dot- com

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