parameters vs perimeters : Common Errors in English

About parameters vs perimeters

When parameters were spoken of only by mathematicians and scientists, the term caused few problems; but now that it has become widely adopted by other speakers, it is constantly confused with “perimeters.” A parameter is most commonly a mathematical constant, a set of physical properties, or a characteristic of something. But the perimeter of something is its boundary. The two words shade into each other because we often speak of factors of an issue or problem being parameters, simultaneously thinking of them as limits; but this is to confuse two distinct, if related ideas. A safe rule is to avoid using “parameters” altogether unless you are confident you know what it means.

parameters in News

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    In the video above Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag multiplayer game director, Damien Kieken, explains the benefits of Game Lab, a new tool allowing you to create and share their own custom multiplayer match types. Over 200 different parameters can be tweaked through Game Lab, allowing you to limit certain abilities and change scoring in your own custom game type. Assassin's Creed 4's Game Lab ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Joystiq

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    on June 12, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

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    NEW YORK, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: ADHD Therapeutics Market to 2018 - New Diagnostic Parameters for Adult ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

perimeters in News

  • Map: Colorado wildfires real-time social media response 2013

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    on June 13, 2013 Source: Denver Post

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