On 2018-05-13 11:53, Matt Arcidy wrote:
again, you want to use given, that's fine, but the math argument is
wrong, as is the "it doesn't matter" argument, assuming the current
neurological model for working memory continues to hold.

Sorry, but that's nonsense. In the message you're replying to, what I'm arguing "doesn't matter" is the WORD used to do the postfixing. Are you seriously saying that the "neurological model for working memory" means that "x + y where x = foo" is easier to understand, on a fundamental neurological basis, than "x + y given x = foo"? Since you're the one who was advocating for objective measures, I'm sure you'll understand if I want some solid objective evidence for that!

If you're saying that the entire concept of postfixing the givens (rather than putting them before the expression) creates greater cognitive load, then how do you explain the use of this format in the Wikipedia articles I linked, not to mention various math papers, texts, etc. throughout the world?

Finally, even if we allow that postfixed-givens does increase cognitive load on a single, initial reading, that's not sufficient. Part of what I'm saying is that on LATER readings it's faster to see the overall expression first, because you don't have to plow through the definitions of the givens.

Brendan Barnwell
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