I have an Element. I'm trying to find a name for a set of data that describes its position and dimensions. What can I call this set of data?

Positions and dimensions can be referred to together as ______.

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    Please note that naming of variables is explicitly off-topic because the name susan would work and function just as well. Please edit the question to make a real-world example. – Andrew Leach Oct 20 '15 at 20:26
  • That said, I doubt that you will find a better word than properties. – Andrew Leach Oct 20 '15 at 20:27
  • "The data"? "A data set"? "The values"? "The criteria"? What is it you're trying to do?? – Hot Licks Oct 20 '15 at 23:11
  • Logistic comes to mind but that's about more than just size and location. – Mazura Oct 20 '15 at 23:32

Positions and dimensions together form a plot of the element.

plot, verb –dictionary.com

to determine and mark (points), as on plotting paper, by means of measurements or coordinates.

to be marked or located by means of measurements or coordinates, as on plotting paper.

noun: a plan, map, diagram, or other graphic representation, as of land, a building, etc.


I think of this as a Vector which is a one dimensional set of values. Your Element = {X position, Y position, Length, Width, Height} and whatever other information you might have that describes your Element. This is very common in mathematics and computer programming.

  • I agree with your choice of the term "vector", but I'm a mathematician and to a mathematician "one dimensional" is wrong here (as is the notation). However, I'm guessing you're speaking from a computer science perspective, in which case there's nothing wrong with your answer. – Matt Samuel Oct 21 '15 at 0:32

There is no term for this.
Reason : The dimension never changes with change in position of an object,So they are certainly two mutually exclusive properties of an object.
I would consider "state space" that is closely related to it.This defines the mass, acceleration, position & many more properties of an object.

  • The dimensions of an object change if it's going fast enough. At least from my point of view. – deadrat Oct 21 '15 at 7:36
  • @deadrat I don't think so..never came across such a theory..do you have any supported facts? For. ex. A spaceship wil not shrink when it runs on a speed of several light year per second. – Nikita Shrivastava Oct 21 '15 at 8:02
  • Then you've never come across the theory of relativity. This is called length contraction. The observed length is reduced by a factor of sqrt(1-v^2/c^2). And you think it's possible to cover a light year in one second? – deadrat Oct 21 '15 at 8:16
  • Yes..Have heard of it & certainly it is ignored for regular purposes,so I gave a real time example..Oh thats a typo..per year :P – Nikita Shrivastava Oct 21 '15 at 8:29

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