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What is the crystal indicator for merging linear stacks

lathlee
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Hi. i do not understand the explanation of Game 2 ( it might be game #) the game where the explanation sheet says instead of creating additional liner stack to make the game more complicated, why don't we merge the values. this goes against the philosophy of seperating the linear characerstics. why this game is special and what would be good indicator sign that the test taker should merge the linear stack characterstics together?
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Hi Lathlee, do you mean page 9-80, the game about Course Folders? Thanks!
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lathlee
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Yep. Thx Dave
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My guiding principle in cases like that one, lathlee, is that when the relationships are absolutely fixed and unchanging, I merge the variables. That is, there is exactly one FM to deal with and exactly one SM to deal with. There's no guesswork as to creating those combinations, nothing to uncover, because it has already been given to us. Also, notice that the rules tell us nothing about the difference between F and S - that is, there is no rule like "the third folder must be a Fall folder", or "two Fall folders are placed before the first Spring folder". Since the Fall/Spring issue isn't dealt with separately from the subjects, that also points towards merging them.

You'll see something similar in the somewhat infamous game about the 10 types of CDs on sale, New and Used versions of Jazz, Rock, etc. If you know from the rules and scenario that you can create a known, fixed number of unique variables by merging the characteristics, then you should probably do so. If there could be some flexibility in those pairings, don't merge them. For example, if they told us that the course folders included "some Fall courses and some Spring courses" and did not clearly tell us that there was one of each for each subject, merging would be inappropriate.

I hope that helps!
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