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Re: st: RE: RE: RE: A simple but really hard question


From   Roger Newson <roger.newson@kcl.ac.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: RE: RE: A simple but really hard question
Date   Wed, 30 Oct 2002 22:22:33 +0000

At 21:53 30/10/02 +0000, Nick Cox wrote:
Li, Wenjun
>
> Thanks, everyone. A friend has suggested to use "double-octiles" for
> quantiles based on division into 16 groups of equal
> frequency. How do you
> think about this?  "Sedeciles", as suggested by Nick Cox
> [and Nick Winter], is a possible name too.

"Double-octiles" is a mix of English out of French out of
Latin and straight Latin. These linguistic mongrels
are a bad idea. (Like "television"...)

I still vote against a new term, as you are asking.
An alternative "linguistic mongrel" might be "hexadeciles", which is Graeco-Latin, but might be understood by a general numerate audience, given that we seem to be stuck with "hexadecimal". However, "sedeciles" is, of course, more correct Latin, and as such is less likely to cause long-running threads in RSS News.

Best wishes

Roger


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