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  • v. Present participle of backtrack.


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  • But Lewis says these counterfactuals, which he calls backtracking counterfactuals, are not to be used in the assessment of causal dependence.

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  • In a novel or comic book, backtracking is best-handled as a major failure for the main character.

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  • Futures use what are known as backtracking algorithms and future checking, subprocedures in problem solving that attempt to foresee and evaluate alternate strategies for attaining goals.

    The Time Paradox

  • A fundamental feature of regular expression matching involves the notion called backtracking, which is currently used (when needed) by all regular non-possessive expression quantifiers, namely, and {n, m}?.

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  • Research-wise, these three migrations were defined not with archaeological materials (since in comparison to the Old World, there is precious little of that left here), but by backtracking from the genetic and cultural makeup of modern indigenous populations throughout the Americas -- specifically blood type, dentition patterns, and language group (genetic studies are beginning to be introduced, but as it's such a massive project and the technology hasn't been available all that long, this means of support is fairly new on the scene relative to the other three).

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  • If at times amusing or perceptive, her writing is also stilted, beset by point-of-view problems, and slowed by her frequent backtracking from the women’s post-college lives to their days at Smith.

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  • Of course he’s backtracking from the “maverick” title.

    Think Progress » McCain Denies That He Is ‘Running Away From The Maverick Title’: ‘I Prefer Great American Myself’

  • I didn't like the idea of backtracking, or of the miles I'd be adding to my journey, but I did like the idea of the ferry.

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  • TOP-DOWN PARSING (5 MARKS): - • We first discuss a general form of top down parsing that may involve backtracking, that is making repeated scans of the input.

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  • The EU, which was beginning to develop its position on finance, now seems to be backtracking, which is really going to hold up the negotiations. News


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