Re: NOSS 2-3 designations

Sue J. Worden (worden@uts.cc.utexas.edu)
Thu, 5 Sep 1996 21:59:50 -0500 (CDT)

> From: Ted Molczan <molczan@fox.nstn.ca>
> To: "'See Sat List'" <seesat-l@iris01.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de>
> Subject: RE: NOSS 2-3 designations
> Date: Thu, 5 Sep 1996 16:43:47 -0400
> [ ... ]
> Outlier would be understood by those who have
> studied statistics; otherwise it is pretty obscure.

When I first saw Ted's use of the term "outlier", I too thought
immediately of its quite specific definition in statistics and
(wrongly) thought that its usage for NOSS designations was yet
another degradation of the already-quite-perverse-thank-you-
very-much American English language.

Much to my surprise, my 1963 vintage Webster's New Collegiate
Dictionary gives the following definition for "outlier":

   2. something that lies, dwells, or is situated
      or classed away from a main or related body

So the term "outlier" is indeed quite apt in the NOSS context.

--Sue (worden@uts.cc.utexas.edu)