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pseudo

(jargon)
/soo'doh/ (Usenet) Pseudonym.

1. An electronic-mail or Usenet persona adopted by a human for amusement value or as a means of avoiding negative repercussions of one's net.behaviour; a "nom de Usenet", often associated with forged postings designed to conceal message origins. Perhaps the best-known and funniest hoax of this type is BIFF.

2. Notionally, a flamage-generating AI program simulating a Usenet user. Many flamers have been accused of actually being such entities, despite the fact that no AI program of the required sophistication yet exists. However, in 1989 there was a famous series of forged postings that used a phrase-frequency-based travesty generator to simulate the styles of several well-known flamers; it was based on large samples of their back postings (compare Dissociated Press). A significant number of people were fooled by the forgeries, and the debate over their authenticity was settled only when the perpetrator came forward to publicly admit the hoax.
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pseudo

Similar to; made up to appear like something else. See pseudo compiler, pseudo language, pseudoscientific, pseudonymous, pseudo-random numbers, pseudo code and intermediate language.
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Bush's people know the difference between being smart--as in quick, cunning, focused--and being educated, overeducated, psuedo, verbose, affecting an interest in the useless, the unintelligible, the foreign.
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Although included on any listing of the would's wild sheep, the blue sheep, Psudois nayaur is a psuedo sheep--not of the true sheep Ovis genus.
McFadden's Rho-squared statistic (psuedo [R.sup.2]) of 0.40 also indicates a respectable fit.(5)
Also, the psuedo [R.sup.2] = .9999617 (see Table 3).
In addition the psuedo [R.sup.2] for Model 1 is more than twice as large as for Model 2 (19%).