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    state of the art

    Hi,

    The expression you see below is a title of an article, the question is what the function of "state of the art" is? Is it an adjective for "open problems" or I must consider it as a noun?

    Data warehousing and OLAP over Big Data: a survey of the state-of-the-art, open problems and future challenges

    Any help will be apperciated.



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    Re: state of the art

    The hyphenated word, "state-of-the-art", is an adjective which modifies "problems". It means "the latest, most advanced". It is a noun without the hyphen.
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    Re: state of the art

    I think that the hyphens are incorrect. The phrase is not used as an adjective here. They are surveying three things:

    1. The state of the art
    2. Open problems
    3. Future challenges

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    Re: state of the art

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I think that the hyphens are incorrect. The phrase is not used as an adjective here. They are surveying three things:

    1. The state of the art
    2. Open problems
    3. Future challenges
    I agree it is more likely to mean that as "state-of-the-art problems" does sound a bit odd. In which case, "state of the art" should not have been hypenated.
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    Re: state of the art

    For what it's worth, I concur with tedmc's explanation in post #2. I do concede though that it's not the most natural sentence in the world.

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    Re: state of the art

    For what it's worth, I think 'the state-of-the-art' is similar to 'the rich' and 'the poor' in construction, where 'the + adjective' functions as a noun.
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    Re: state of the art

    Do you really think so, Matthew? The sentence is clearly technical; it's about IT, not the arts.

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    Re: state of the art

    I think 'the state-of-the-art' means 'the state-of-the-art stuff', which has nothing to do with the arts. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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    Re: state of the art

    I've noticed that hyphens are increasingly used in noun phrases where they don't belong. The OP's sentence is a good example. I'm pretty certain the author meant a survey of the state of the art, and simply added the hyphens because sometimes state-of-the-art needs them and the author couldn't tell whether this was one of those times.
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    Re: state of the art

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'the state-of-the-art' means 'the state-of-the-art stuff', which has nothing to do with the arts. Please correct me if I am wrong.
    It's not "the arts" like painting and theater, but "the art" of doing whatever the "Data Warehousing and OLAP" is.

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