Re: Number of terms

Boris Shukhat (boris@inx.net)
Sun, 27 Jun 1999 15:22:36 +0200 (MET DST)

Hi!
I am reposting my question.

Thanks a lot to everybody who has replied!

It is well known that a human being usually uses 7-9 grades or
linguistic terms to describe an intensity of some feature. As far as I
know it is an empirical fact received in some psychological studies. It
reflects some compromise between a loss of information as a result of
granulation and a cost of manipulating those terms.
1. I need a reference where this magic number 7-9 is studied and
evaluated.
2. Does anybody know if there is any estimate on how the cost of
manipulating those linguistic terms depends on their number?
Thanks,
Boris Shukhat.

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