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Soft updates, hard problems

Soft updates, hard problems

Posted Jul 3, 2009 21:11 UTC (Fri) by jzbiciak (subscriber, #5246)
In reply to: Soft updates, hard problems by rsidd
Parent article: Soft updates, hard problems

I recall specifically reading somewhere (but I cannot find it), that the person who coined "dependence"/"dependences"/"dependence graph" purposefully avoided the word "dependency" because he felt it had negative connotations.

In any case, a directed graph that illustrates relationships such as "A depends on B" is a graph of dependence relationships. Whether you call it a dependency graph or a dependence graph, and whether you call the edges in said graph dependencies or dependences doesn't bother me. The former is more standard English, I believe, but the latter is fairly common in computer science textbooks. I try to stick to the latter when using the computer science concept, but I admit it sounds funny.


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