Questions tagged [terminology]

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Origin of phrase `computational microscope'

I have heard the term 'computational microscope' used to describe the practice of molecular simulation (in the context e.g. computational chemistry, materials science) and its use as a numerical tool ...
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Is it Grid/Cluster/Cloud Computing? How are those terms defined?

There are three very connected and widely used terms: Grid and grid computing Cluster and cluster computing Cloud and cloud computing In many situations, it is not obvious which term to use, as I ...
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Is there a term for Goodhart's Law in the context of optimization?

Let's say I'm optimizing something. To pick an arbitrary example, let's say I'm choosing the shape of some part to maximize strength-to-weight ratio. So I get some FEM software, parametrize the shape, ...
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A better word to indicate slowness/high latency?

We are comparing two techniques in computer science. We want to say X has "significantly high latency" when executed on system Y. Is there a better one-word term we can use for the above to ...
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Name for vectors in a Krylov space but not the preceding one

It seems to me that a useful concept to define when studying Krylov subspace methods is the idea of a vector that belongs to a Krylov subspace $\mathcal{K}_{n+1}(A,b)$ but not to the preceding one $\...
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Is the sine function periodic in $x$ or $y$?

I know sine is $2\pi$-periodic, but some people say the motion is "periodic in..." Would it be periodic in $y$? If we move along the $x$-axis, the function values $y = \sin(x)$ will repeat, ...