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We elevate to practice and tractability
2017-01-16

Words are important. This in mind, two phrases have been bugging me recently:

(1) Reduction to practice - legalese for protyping and / or exhaustively describing an invention [1]

(2) Reduction to tractability - math-speak for simplifying a problem so its solution can be approximated quickly enough to be useful [2]

While both are useful in their concision, they seem to ring with the implication that the efforts of the practioner are somehow less than that of the theoretician.

I believe this sentiment is misplaced. In fact, as a nod to those rooted in practice - muddy, constrained, and uneven as the terrain may be - I suggest that we instead elevate to practice and tractability.

:-)

[1] See this[2] See this