Re: [xsl] What is a better word for "de-duplication"?

Subject: Re: [xsl] What is a better word for "de-duplication"?
From: Abel Online <>
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 10:58:08 +0200
Because I was looking for a single word to describe the set of nodes
resulting from duplicate elimination.

While I can say

"factorised nodes"

it is quite awkward to say:

"duplicate-eliminated" nodes.


"nodes with eliminated duplicates"

is a long, 4-word phrase.

When it comes to talking about it, it differs a lot if you talk to people that know the subject matter, and people that don't. For instance, to some audience, I say "I do something with computers", to another audience, I proclaim to be a "deduping nodes newbie". When people talk to each other, quickly long phrases become shorter or even anagrams. I don't thing there is any need for finding a new term, because these are automatically found by people having to pronounce it all the time.

Information Technologists quickly became IT's, "The nodes that I want to be undone from there duplicates, after normalizing, are ..." will quickly become "The deduped nodes are ..." (or uniquified, factorised etc).

Nobody I know of likes to pronounce tongue twisters longer than necessary. This is true for not only the IT industry, but also for politics, steel industry, energy firms, mathematics (maths), etc etc.

Sorry if I've gone too much off-subject.

Abel Braaksma

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