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15:42 Feb 13, 2008
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English term or phrase: probability chain: ... bypassing others altogether
Hello. I don't understand teh part relative to the "probability chain". Could you please explain the difference btw this third chain and the other two, and particularly why the text says "bypassing others altogether"? Thx!
Let me give you the context. It is about the grapevine, the unofficial and at times confidential person-to-person or person-to-group chain of verbal, or at times email communication. Four of the major ways that messages move through grapevines in organizations are as follows:
Single-strand chain: one person tells the rumour to the next, who then tells the next person etc.
Gossip chain: refers to only one person spreading the message, telling the story almost to everyone the person comes into contact with
Probability chain refers to one person randomly contacting several others and telling them the message. Those individuals, in turn, randomly contact several others and continue to spread it. This chain is not a definite channel because the message is spread to different people, bypassing others altogether"
Thx!
xxxMaverick82
Local time: 23:51
English translation:below
Explanation:
In the Single-strand chain, A tells B, B tells C, C tells D etc, until almost everyone in the organisation knows.
In the Gossip chain, A tells B, C, D, E and everyone he/she gets in touch with, to ensure that almost everyone knows.
In the Probability chain, A may tell C and F, C may tell G, H and M, then G may tell P, R and Z etc. It's more random, it may spread and it may not. "Bypassing others altogether" refers to the fact that the news-spreader tells a random selection of people, while a number of other people may be left out of this chain (bypassed) altogether.

I've given confidence level 3 cause I can't really explain why it's called PROBABILITY chain. I'd call it Random chain myself, but maybe it means that it is PROBABLE that in the end most members of the group will know the news.
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Nesrin
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Local time: 22:51
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Thx Nesrin, you're always very helpful! :-)
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Explanation:
In the Single-strand chain, A tells B, B tells C, C tells D etc, until almost everyone in the organisation knows.
In the Gossip chain, A tells B, C, D, E and everyone he/she gets in touch with, to ensure that almost everyone knows.
In the Probability chain, A may tell C and F, C may tell G, H and M, then G may tell P, R and Z etc. It's more random, it may spread and it may not. "Bypassing others altogether" refers to the fact that the news-spreader tells a random selection of people, while a number of other people may be left out of this chain (bypassed) altogether.

I've given confidence level 3 cause I can't really explain why it's called PROBABILITY chain. I'd call it Random chain myself, but maybe it means that it is PROBABLE that in the end most members of the group will know the news.

Nesrin
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:51
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Native speaker of: Arabic
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Thx Nesrin, you're always very helpful! :-)

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agree  writeaway: since Asker is a student, can we assume that the many postings are all homework questions?
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