Armenian approximation

Frank Hoffmann (fhoffman@cs.berkeley.edu)
Fri, 9 Jul 1999 06:08:40 +0200 (MET DST)

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From: L. A. Zadeh <zadeh@cs.berkeley.edu>
Subject: Armenian approximation

As we all know, approximation is a matter of degree, and goodness of
approximation is context-dependent. Here is an example.

Two friends, A and B, meet in a cafe in Erevan, capitol of Armenia. The
following exchange ensues:

A: I heard that Armen (a common first name in Armenia) won a car in a
lottery. Is it true?

B: Almost true. A very close approximation.

A: So what happened?

B: Well, in the first place it was not Armen -- it was his brother.
Second, it was not a car -- it was a bicycle. And third, he did not
win it -- it was stolen from him.

A: So it is true.

B: It is.

When someone questions your veracity, you may find it helpful to invoke
the Armenian approximation.


With my warmest regards to all,

Lotfi

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