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Comment author: MichaelPlant 27 October 2017 12:35:46AM 1 point [-]

"pick some formal markers of X and select for them".

Can you say what you mean by 'formal markers'? I've never heard this term before.

Comment author: Michael_PJ 27 October 2017 12:41:15AM *  4 points [-]

Sorry, that was me being unclear! The situation I'm envisaging is:

  • We want more X.
  • We can't detect X directly, so we'll pick some marker for X that looks like X (that's what I was going at with "formal", "relating to the form of"), and then aim for that.
  • Oops our markers don't capture X, or even exclude some important bits of X.