Re: [Rd] typo in `eurodist'

From: Spencer Graves <spencer.graves_at_pdf.com>
Date: Thu 08 Dec 2005 - 17:28:59 GMT

          I'm with Martin: When I get the same number of hits for two spellings, I believe that both are acceptable. When I get substantially different numbers of hits, I generally go with the one with the most hits -- unless the different spellings carry different meanings, of course.         

          Example: "gage" vs. "gauge" vs. "guage": 24e6 vs. 32e6 vs 3e6. The last is a typo. The first has a special meaning, though "gauge" is sometimes used in that context. However, when discussing repeatability and reproducibility, I prefer "gage", because it's more restrictive and therefore seems clearer to me.

          spencer graves

Martin Maechler wrote:

>>>>>>"Torsten" == Torsten Hothorn <torsten@hothorn.de>
>>>>>>    on Thu, 8 Dec 2005 08:51:57 +0100 (CET) writes:

>
>
> Torsten> On Wed, 7 Dec 2005, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>
> >> I've often wondered about that.
>
> Torsten> and the copy editor did too :-)
>
> >> I've presumed that the names were
> >> deliberate, so have you checked the stated source? It's not readily
> >> available to me (as one would expect in Oxford)?
>
> Torsten> our library doesn't seems to have a copy of `The Cambridge
> Torsten> Encyclopaedia', so I can't check either. Google has 74.900 hits for
> Torsten> `Gibralta' (more than one would expect for a typo, I think)
> Torsten> and 57.700.000 for `Gibraltar'.
>
> Torsten> So maybe both spellings are in use.
>
> Well, do you expect web authors to have a much lower rate of
> typos than 1:770 ?
> My limited experience on "google voting for spelling correction"
> has rather lowered my expectation on webauthors' education in
> orthography...
>
> Martin
>
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