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hober commented on the word syntactic device
(n) computer. Often shortened to syndev.
October 24, 2008
qubex commented on the word syntactic device
More theoretically, a kind of "machine" (electronic, conceptual, or otherwise) that manipulates algebraic structures directly without recourse to intervening numerics (as is the case with digital computers). Physical embodiments of Alonso Church's Lambda Calculs. Though by definition identical in capability to ordinary computers, syndevs may possess advantages in the fields of pattern recognition and computer algebra systems.
October 25, 2008