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Comparison of Principles and Patterns

A comparison was made of of pattern and principle statements aimed at identifying ``more general statements''. This test sought to verify that patterns can be distinguished from principles, that is that patterns are more general or descriptive than the principles used to define the pattern. The subjects were given ten sets of statements, and asked to select the most general or descriptive statement in each set. Each set had six statements, in nine of the sets there was a pattern statement as one of the statements, the last set had only principle statements, that is no statement should be more general than the other statements. Every effort was made to balance the statements so that they could not be distinguished based on surface structure, such as length, alone.

Michael Spring
Mon Nov 27 18:39:52 EST 1995