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Re: XY Problem

by swampyankee (Parson)
on Apr 11, 2006 at 15:13 UTC ( #542560=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to XY Problem

Then there is the (thankfully rare) "my problem is X. I've tried Y." then the respondent gives a perfect solution to an entirely different problem.

I think I'm guilty of this, at least once....

emc

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Comment on Re: XY Problem
Re^2: XY Problem
by blazar (Canon) on May 28, 2007 at 19:33 UTC
    Then there is the (thankfully rare) "my problem is X. I've tried Y." then the respondent gives a perfect solution to an entirely different problem.

    I'm revising this thread to check whether a particular XY* problem may be here, and if not, then possibly add it: I noticed your entry and it occurs to me that it may be described as an XYℵ problem!

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