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    Simplicity favors regularity

    What does the following sentence mean?
    'Simplicity favors regularity'
    I saw the sentence in one textbook regarding design principles.
    What does the word 'favors' in this sentence mean?
    Does it imply some cause and effect relationship?
    If we focus on the 'regularity' we will got 'simplicity', or the other way around?
    Many thanks for your advice.

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    Re: Simplicity favors regularity

    Was this textbook written by a native speaker of English and you read it in English, or has it been translated? There are similar statements of design principles, but 'Simplicity favors regularity' doesn't make much sense.

    These kinds of statements usually have one neutral element and the other element is positive. Simplicity and regularity are both rather neutral.
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    Re: Simplicity favors regularity

    Thanks for your response.

    The sentence is from one of the best computer architecture textbooks and was written by native speakers of English:
    Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface by David A. Patterson,John L. Hennessy
    http://tinyurl.com/pbb3v8g

    I know it means that regularity is one of the major design principles of the MIPS computer architecture.
    But the sentence 'Simplicity favors regularity' doesn't make sense to me.

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    Re: Simplicity favors regularity

    In trying to make sense of this, I attempted to follow your link. It is in Chinese. If you want help with English, kindly provide contextual links in English.

    Also, keep in mind that, just because someone is a native speaker- in any language- is doesn't necessarily follow that they can express themselves clearly.

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    Re: Simplicity favors regularity

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    I attempted to follow your link. It is in Chinese.
    I am in China, but it is linked to an English page at my end. Try the one below.
    https://books.google.com.tw/books?id...larity&f=false

    You may have to try more than once.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Simplicity favors regularity

    I found that the OP's sentence had already been translated into his/her native language.
    https://books.google.com.hk/books?id...ity%22&f=false
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Simplicity favors regularity

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I found that the OP's sentence had already been translated into his/her native language.
    https://books.google.com.hk/books?id...ity%22&f=false
    That is hardly relevant when the original appears to make little sense.

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    Re: Simplicity favors regularity

    Does the original make sense in the context in post#5?
    Having read its context and translation, I take it to mean 'Simplicity helps bring about regularity'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Simplicity favors regularity

    It doesn't make much sense to J & K Tutoring or to me. The translation back into English of a Chinese version of what it might mean is not getting us anywhere.

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