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Schema appears to have two plural forms that are both valid: schemata and schemas. Are they completely interchangeable; or are there any guidelines on which one is appropriate for particular contexts?

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The Greek schemata is mostly found in academic writing (e.g. experimental schemata), whereas the anglicized schemas is used freely in both technical and more general discourse (e.g. database access schemas).

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This is exactly correct. –  tchrist Aug 10 '12 at 1:26
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