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Word Problems

Do you remember in school when you used to have the word problem*s in math? You had to read a paragraph and then pick it apart for certain key words. You might look for “*of” or “times” to indicate multiplication or “more than” for addition. I remembering doing fairly well at these *word problem*s (not that I enjoyed them), but I didn’t really understand how much these were going to apply to me in the future.

It turns out that in the technical field (and probably others) I am constantly dealing with *word problem*s. There are 2 ways that I see them represented:

  1. in general email sent each day (applies to non-technical as well)
  2. in specification, requirement or similar documents