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confounding

[kən′fau̇nd·iŋ]
(statistics)
Method used in design of factorial experiments in which some information about higher-order interaction is sacrificed so that estimates of main effects in lower-order interactions can be more precise.
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Confoundingly, West states that "spotted owls are still at risk .
With a taste for collisions between unlikely subject matter--a head-scratching new artist's book is devoted entirely to alternating images of hockey fights and pieces of fruit, the latter set in strange, Franz West-like lumpy masses of white plaster--Hanson and Sonnenberg have developed an approach that, in its specifics, can occasionally feel like a confoundingly elusive inside joke.
By the time it reaches its confusing, strobe-lit and confoundingly cut climax, "Sunshine" has turned from "2001"-style, mind-expanding psychedelia into one immensely bad trip.
Living in a city shrouded by the squalid yellow haze of light pollution, one easily forgets how confoundingly beautiful a clear night sky can be.
Still, it's a near-perfect, if sometimes confoundingly dreamy, hothouse concoction of sibling jealousy, incestuous longing and haunted revenge.
In fact, that's exactly where the surprisingly of-the-moment feeling of these paintings emerges--in a contemporary form of art-that-hides-art that consists of breaking down one's own sophistication into confoundingly ingenuous little observations.
It's the whole body of Cornell's work that speaks to me - the enterprise of it, the crackpot consciousness that somehow, confoundingly, produced enduring works of art out of magazine pictures and trinkets from dime stores.
The assessment of coaching talent in the NFL can be a confoundingly inexact science.