Name resolution

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Name resolution can refer to any process that further identifies an object or entity from an associated, not-necessarily-unique alphanumeric name:

  • In computer systems, it refers to the retrieval of the underlying numeric values corresponding to computer hostnames, account user names, group names, and other named entities;
  • In programming languages, it refers to the resolution of the tokens within program expressions to the intended program components;
  • In semantics and text extraction, it refers to the determination of the specific person, actor, or object a particular use of a name refers to.