Declare iCH as subtype CH class

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Posted by Q ( on February 08, 2000 at 03:11:09:

In order to define and lable the subset of CH-ers who are internet enabled, I would propose that the group adopts the "iCH" term when refering to that subgroup and their particular variant of CH. It has a nice ring to go with "OUCH".

... " iCH and OUCH " {grin} ...

Underlying this Branding is the fact that I am not convinced that the iCH group would not be well served to work on their collective subproblem. First it will solve a real problem in its own right, and Second the iCH subgroup may turn out to be, in fact, identical to the CH-whole, in which case that problem is solved for free by solving the first problem first. If the CH-whole is different that the iCH subproblem then the lessons learned by the first effort should apply directly to the solution of the CH-whole.

The only significant potential risk I see in this approach is that there is symptomatology in the CH-whole (and which does not appear in the iCH subgroup) which would lead to etiology and thence to the eventual CH-solution, which is not detectable in the iCH subgroup. This risk is mitigated in the short-term by the ready available of the iCH group in comparision to the cost of working with a similar sized population from the CH-whole population. In addition, the iCH group shows willingness to work on the problem and is already knowledgable, or can readily become so, in the CH problem and the use of the computer and the internet, which may, in fact, be instrumental in the CH study process.

The surprise of this approach would be the finding that the iCH group is in fact a super-group of the otherwise CH-whole. While this might not be such an issue for the iCH group, it may mean that the solution to the iCH problem may pose side-effects to the otherwise CH-whole as there would be, in fact, not one conditon, but at least two. My instinct tells me that this iCH-supergroup risk is likely to be immaterial to the CH-problem and solution.

I'd really appreciate feedback on this topic and the underlying idea it represents.

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