Let's say I have states for a car:

designed, rejected, built, painted, sold, shipped, and used

Each state can only go to a limited subset of other states, e.g.:

state machine

Going from built to painted is a transition.

What would be the name of the action to go from built to shipped while recording all the intermediate states?

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    Is it just a multi-state transition? – Jim May 17 '17 at 17:57
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    Progression or its synonyms. – NVZ May 17 '17 at 17:58
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    You would like to read about FSMs (and not of spagetti kind) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite-state_machine – Swift May 17 '17 at 19:24
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    From built, you proceed on through to shipped. – Phil Sweet May 17 '17 at 20:44
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    This question would be better suited to Mathematics – NVZ May 18 '17 at 5:56

In graph theory, you would say that there is a path from built to shipped. Using an action, you would say that shipped is reachable from built. Alternatively, you could say that built and shipped are connected.

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