Re: Q. distinction between 'Tall' and 'Tallest' ?


Subject: Re: Q. distinction between 'Tall' and 'Tallest' ?
From: Alex Henderson (achenderson@NOSPAMbigfoot.com)
Date: Tue Aug 22 2000 - 04:25:14 MET DST


> 1.So although 4'10'' may be 'globally short' if I have a population
> of 10 and the rest are 4' then 4' 10'' is 'talllest' or 'supertall' or
> whatever.
>
> 2.If the population is 3 and we have 4'10'' and 2@4' then 4'10'' is not
> as 'supertall' as it would be above.
>
> 3.Similarly, if population is 3 and we have 4', 4'6'' and 4'10 then 4'10 is
> not as 'supertall' as in 2.
>
> Does this make sense ? It does to me :)

It sounds to me like your model of comparative classification could be
implemented well by examining the distance of each datum from the mean,
taken as a multiple of the standard deviation. This certainly has the
properties described above.

HTH, HAND.

A

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