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I am a professional computer programmer. I wrote a book about computer programming, called Higher-Order Perl. I am a native speaker of American English.


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comment Is “I believe x does not equal y” the same as “I don't believe x equals y”
One example of this is that one need not believe either of 1. Hilary Clinton will be elected President in 2016. 2. Hilary Clinton will not be elected President in 2016. For a person (such as myself) who does not believe either statement, the claim “I don't believe that Hilary Clinton will be elected President in 2016” is true, while the claim “I believe Hilary Clinton will not be elected President in 2016” is false.
Apr
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accepted Why does the letter ‘o’ appear in the word ‘people’?
Apr
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comment Difference between “the very first” and “first”
The thrust of the question seems to me to be that one cannot intensify ‘first’.
Apr
9
comment What is the proper term for a ternary digit?
But OP asked specifically about variables that represent true, false and unknown, and there is no way to compose such quantities into numerals. It is a little hard to say for sure, because ‘trit’ is not a common term, but I think ordinary usage of ‘trit’ does not extend to such situations, and I would be reluctant to believe that it did without seeing specific examples.
Apr
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comment What is the proper term for a ternary digit?
I don't think this is the correct answer to OP's question. Not every three-state variable is a trit. A trit is a ternary digit, which means it is a component of a radix-3 numeral. There are several ways to represent numbers with three-state quantities (‘balanced ternary’ for example), and the components of those representations might be called trits. (continued)
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comment When did “Pensylvania” become “Pennsylvania”?
Perhaps it is also worth mentioning that W. Penn the elder appears frequently in Samuel Pepys' diary, where he is always referred to as Sir W. Pen.
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comment When did “Pensylvania” become “Pennsylvania”?
Franklin was a famous Pennsylvanian, but he is not a “son of the commonwealth”, having been born in Boston.
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