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    Talking Prevalence no available

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    Could someone help me to explain what "Prevalence not available" mean?
    It's better to give some details.

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by BobChen; 21-Feb-2010 at 09:55.

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    Re: Prevalence no available

    not a teacher

    The phrase does not make sense.
    You don't say 'no available'. It is 'not available'.
    The sentence is also not correct.
    Could someone explain what "... ... ...." mean?


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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    not a teacher

    The phrase does not make sense.
    You don't say 'no available'. It is 'not available'.
    The sentence is also not correct.
    Could someone explain what "... ... ...." mean?
    Thanks a lot. You are right, the string should be "Prevalence not available".
    It may not be a completed sentence, as it appears in a computer warnning message.

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    Re: Prevalence not available

    Quote Originally Posted by BobChen View Post
    Thanks a lot. You are right, the string should be "Prevalence not available".
    It may not be a completed sentence, as it appears in a computer warnning message.
    Looks to me like a typo. The programmer who wrote the error message wanted to give some idea of why his/her code had failed; s/he wanted to say 'It's not the fault of my part of the program'. The way to do this would have been to give the provenance of the error. S/he was using English as a second or third language, so 'provenance not available' became 'providence no available'.

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    Re: Prevalence not available

    To support my guess, I looked at Google hits for the two words; prevalence - Google Search gives 16.6 million for 'prevalence', and provenance - Google Search gives 9.25 million for 'provenance'. This is a pretty crude measure, but it suggests that one is a lot more common than the other - in fact, many of those 16.6 million hits may have been exactly the same typo,

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