level of abstraction


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level of abstraction

The amount of complexity by which a system is viewed or programmed. The higher the level, the less detail. The lower the level, the more detail. The highest level of abstraction is the entire system. The next level would be a handful of components, and so on, while the lowest level could be millions of objects. See abstraction layer.
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According to CLT, a risk event with a low level of abstraction is perceived as being closer psychologically, more vivid, and more likely to happen (therefore evoking more fear) than is a risk event with a high level of abstraction.
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