Kalman Noel wrote:
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> >> It seems to me that it's impossible to invent a useful name for this
> >> method with the term ?eigen? in it, so a discussion should be possible
> >> without too much battle.
> > Interesting.  Why "eigen"?
>
> (NB: I wrote ?impossible?, not ?possible?.)  I intended to hint at the term
> ?eigenclass?, which is an example of a Ruby concept with more than one name.
> It naming sometimes enjoys heavy discussions.

Whoops, sorry.  I read your sentence as saying it was *impossible* to
name the method *without* the term "eigen" in it.  My mistake.

>
> > I don't know much German, but as far as I know, "eigen" means something along
> > the lines of "characteristic of" or "particular to".
>
> It does. The inventors of the term ?eigenclass? have supposingly thought of the
> mathematical words ?eigenvector? and ?eigenvalue?. (You get them when solving
> the characteristic equation of a matrix, assuming I got the English terms
> right.) ?Characteristic? and ?eigen? mean the same here.

Yes, you got the terms right.

'cid 'ooh