What is ambiguity?

  • (noun): Unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning.
    Synonyms: equivocalness
    See also — Additional definitions below


The ambiguity in the style of writing a function should not be confused with a multivalued function, which can (and should) be defined in a deterministic and unambiguous way. Several special functions still do not have established notations. Usually, the conversion to another notation requires to scale the argument and/or the resulting value; sometimes, the same name of the function is used, causing confusions. Examples of such underestablished functions:

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Some articles on ambiguity:

Sentence Processing - Ambiguity and Sentence Comprehension
... Sentence comprehension has to deal with ambiguity in spoken and written utterances, for example lexical, structural, and semantic ambiguities ... Ambiguity is ubiquitous, but people usually resolve it so effortlessly that they don't even notice it ... Instances of ambiguity can be classified as local or global ambiguities ...
Ambiguity - Pedagogic Use of Ambiguous Expressions
... Ambiguity can be used as a pedagogical trick, to force students to reproduce the deduction by themselves ...
Constructive Ambiguity
... Constructive ambiguity is a term generally credited to Henry Kissinger, said to be the foremost exponent of the negotiating tactic it designates ... Constructive ambiguity is often disparaged as fudging ... On the other hand, since ambiguity in agreements can generate subsequent controversy, the likelihood of its employment proving constructive in comparison to further ...
David Wilkinson (ambiguity Expert) - Research and Theories - The Ambiguity Chess Game
... Wilkinson developed a form of chess to teach his students the effects of ambiguity and show them how to solve problems in ambiguous times ... This has since become known as the Ambiguity Chess Game and is now used in university business schools around the world ...

More definitions of "ambiguity":

  • (noun): An expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context.

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