Re: More/Less Accurate/Complete

Subject: Re: More/Less Accurate/Complete
From: john -at- garisons -dot- com
To: "TechWrl list" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 10:44:45 -0400 (EDT)

I don't like the whole idea ... tell them how to make it absolutely
correct, not tell them ho to get "warmer". But if you have to, say
something like "Enter these numbers to get an answer that is closer to
the correct solution."

It reminds me of the old clock metaphor: a clock that doesn't run at all
is right twice every 24 hours; a clock that loses a second a day is right
only once every 200 or so years.

My 2¢,

John G

> Isn't Pi to 16 decimal places _more_accurate_ than Pi to 4 decimal
places? So yes, that makes sense to me. But "accurate" is very different
from "complete" -- a phone number without an area code, for example,
would be accurate but not complete and adding the area code wouldn't
make it any more accurate but it would make it complete.


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