I tend to almost always agree with just about everything Rich Pieri says.
so when he gets something wrong (IMO) I do point it out.
On 13 Jul 1998, Rich Pieri wrote:
> This brings up one of my pet rants. "Effiency" and "effectiveness" are not
True. It is one of my pet rants as well.
> A nice analogy which is not too badly broken is the concept of
> getting 40 people from point A to point B. While my Dodge Neon gets
> something like 35MPG average and a school bus gets something like 10MPG,
> the school bus needs to make but one trip while me and my Neon would need
> to make 10 trips. Yes, my Neon is a much more "efficient" mode of
> transportation, but under those conditions it is not the most effective.
> Sure, I could call in a few buddies who also own Neons to help out, but all
> of us would be wondering if that is the best way to do things even if we do
> manage to use less gasoline.
Sorry, the difference between your schemes was a question of efficiency
only, although it is a complex question about efficiency since there are
many resources considered. Effectives is how thoroughly the job is
completed. Imagine that you had a bus that carried 39 people quickly
and with low fuel consumption. The other option is to move them across
town in a 747 (which would hold all 40 people). The latter would be
more effective in that you would get more (all) of the job done. The
former would be more efficient, although it would not be entirely
Something is effective if it does the job. Something is efficient if
it does what it does consuming fewer resources.
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