gensym

gensym

(library)
/jen'sim/ (From the MacLISP for "generated symbol") To invent a new name for something temporary, in such a way that the name is almost certainly not in conflict with one already in use.

The canonical form of a gensym is "Gnnnn" where nnnn represents a number; any LISP hacker would recognise G0093 (for example) as a gensym. Gensymmed names are useful for storing or uniquely identifying crufties.
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Prior to joining MeKinsey, Mohrmann held senior management positions with SAIC, Gensym, Honeywell and Compressor Engineering Corporation.
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Mark Kramer, on sabbatical from MIT in Cambridge, developed the NeurOn Line neural network system for Gensym from research he had conducted into fault diagnostics of chemical plants.
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