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Re: XY Problem

by wrog (Friar)
on Dec 21, 2014 at 08:36 UTC ( #1110940=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to XY Problem

I think my favorite statement/version of this is when it's expressed in the form:

Some people, when they have a problem with X say,
"I know! I'll use Y..."
Now they have two problems.

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Re^2: XY Problem
by jdporter (Canon) on Dec 21, 2014 at 17:59 UTC

    Yeah, that's not really the same as an XY problem, though.

      What? Yes it is.

      Plus, it's meant to be funny, and I think it is. It's just a play on a famous quote, one variant of which is

      Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems.

        That's not the same. XY is when you have one problem, but it isn't the one you think you have, or at least isn't the one you're admitting you have.

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