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Greek derivation[edit]

The sentence "Calculate comes from the Greek word Κάχληκα or gravel in English because Greeks used gravel for counting." at the beginning of the section Comparison to Computation was added 17:35, 31 October 2011 presumably by a Greek speaker. However, I have not been able to confirm that Κάχληκα (transliterates to Káchli̱ka) in any online source. Furthermore, gravel is translated as χαλίκι (chalíki) which seems more reasonable. Also, this etymological information contradicts the last paragraph of the intro (which is supported by and doesn't have much bearing on the section. Perhaps the last intro paragraph and any valid Greek info can be placed in a separate Etymology section? JmA (talk) 03:04, 29 October 2014 (UTC)


What do the last two sentences refer to, exactly? Foreign words meaning "to calculate?" What purpose do those two sentences serve in the article? If nobody can explain it, I'm going to go ahead and delete them. In fact, I'm going to delete them now, and if anyone can clear them up, they can be reinstated and improved. --Jay (Histrion) (talkcontribs) 14:14, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

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Comparison to computation[edit]

I'm not convinced with this section. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics the word calculate means "To work out the value of a mathematical or arithmetical procedure, or the output of an *algorithm". In the same dictionary computation means "A calculation" and definition under compute is simply "= CALCULATE". — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yoga Conflagration (talkcontribs) 00:21, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

There is a danger in using dictionary definitions as the basis of any argument. Dictionaries are not meant to be comprehensive, encyclopedias are. The term being used here has connotations in computer science which are not reflected in the mathematical use of the term. As we are writing for a broader audience than just mathematicians, we need to be cognizant of such differences and expose rather than hide them. This is the reason I reverted your edit. I am not a computer science expert and I do not know whether or not your edit was reasonable, but it was clear to me that the reason you gave for it would not hold water and that a wider discussion of the issue would be needed before this was deleted. Bill Cherowitzo (talk) 22:02, 6 September 2015 (UTC)