Re: RARA-AVIS: Of Lumpers and Splitters

From: Robert Centor (
Date: 03 Sep 2000

--- Doug Bassett <> wrote:
> Well, Dr. Centor (I guess it's "Dr.", right?), I don't
> think I can comment on your "lumpers and splitters"
> analogy until you tell me a little bit more about what
> a "splitter" does. But as for your final questions:

Lumpers categorize using fewer categories - splitters increase the number of categories.

Splitters - English cozies, Southern Cozies, Midwest Cozies, Cat owner cozies, PI hard-boiled, Police hard-boiled, female hard-boiled.

As a lumper I favor larger categories and accept more variation within the category.

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