From: "Mark S. Miller" <>
Replying To: David Wagner <>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 11:58:50 -0800
Subject: [e-lang] "Stronger" vs "More Permissive" (was: Modelling Blindness)

At 11:40 AM 12/12/2002 Thursday, David Wagner wrote:
>In article <> you write:
>>On Thu, 2002-12-12 at 07:41, Tyler Close wrote:
>>> > On Wed, 2002-12-11 at 15:55, Tyler Close wrote:
>>> > > Can you suggest a textbook that defines this modeling jargon? 
>>> This would still be useful.
>>I agree, but I am unaware of a suitable textbook. This stuff is a bit
>>afield for me, and most of it isn't taught from textbooks in any case.
>>David Wagner might have an idea. David?
>No clue.  Sorry; I've never done any of this modelling stuff, so if
>there was a good textbook, I probably wouldn't know of it, unfortunately.

At this point, I'm willing to believe that this use of the world "stronger" 
is obscure, in addition to being a rhetorical disaster.  I suggest that the 
phrase "more permissive" is at least as clear and accurate to the theorist, 
and, unlike "stronger", gets the sign right for the lay person. brett

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