Monday, January 26, 2009

More lies!

In addition to my previous list of types of false statements, also include:

  • Scams
  • Confidence games
  • Honest disagreements
  • Ideologial disagreements - each side firmly believes that the other is false
  • Definitional disagreements - how terms are interpreted by different parties
  • Temporary or transient truth - a statement may in general be false but happen to be true at the moment, or in general be true but happen to be false at the moment, or its truth may simply be volatile with or without any discernible pattern
  • Time delay (latency) since truth was validated - or multiple agents get different truth values due to differences in validation latencies
  • Information overload - too many statements to verify with available resources
  • Placeholder - a temporary statement of dubious truth but with the intent of replacing it with a proper statement in the future
  • Inadvertent - author has no reason to challenge the veracity of the statement, but may simply have failed to validate the statement
  • Accidental mistake - author knew truth but entered the correct statement improperly
  • Rumor
  • Gossip
  • Innuendo
  • Passthrough or cascaded or misguided/naive transitivity - author obtained truth from another party and passed the statement along as if true without further validation.
  • Mismeasurement - no intention to mislead, but measurement of source data was faulty

-- Jack Krupansky


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home