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My question is could heterogeneity be used to describe a system with two different components? Or the word only applies to a system with three or more components?
I am a non-native speaker. A native speaker told me that the word "heterogeneity" only applies to a system with three or more components. Two different components are not sufficient and the system should be called "dichotomous" instead of "heterogeneous". However, I read an article of my field in high impact journal written by a native speaker, in which she use heterogenity to describe a system with two different components.
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Thank you a lot MikeNewYork. The examples you listed are great.
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