In one setting, I always observe the objects from a particular side, e.g. always look at the dorsal side.
In the other, my "coins" are flipped first so I don't know which side I observe (it might be either dorsal or ventral).
My job is to find out whether the randomness in
<insert noun here> of the objects matters.
The first idea is orientation, but 1) it suggests a smoothly changing rotation, whereas my situation involves a binary state: either dorsal or ventral, 2) the objects I see can also be rotated within the image itself, so I use the word orientation to talk about this rotation.
Any suggestions for a different noun?
Other words I considered and why they don't work:
- direction - implies movement, and there is none
- order - suggests a position within a sequence
- position - feels related to spatial location, not rotation
- alignment - suggests adherence to a (spatial) pattern
- sidedness - The condition of having a specific number or form of sides - does not seem to convey the meaning I want
- pose (computer vision) - combines position and orientation and is not applicable in this case
A similar question has been asked about the hypernym of horizontal and vertical, with the answers given: orientation and axis. I don't think axis is a good choice here either, as I focus on a particular axis: the dorsoventral axis.