English translation: unless a choice has been made
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08:22 Sep 29, 2000
German to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Computers: Software
German term or phrase:gezielte Auswahl
Diese Funktion löscht alle 3D-Teile weg falls keine gezielte Auswahl vorhanden ist. Bei gezielter Auswahl wird die fliste abgearbeitet.
The text is taken from a software documentation manual and I'm having some difficulty with rendering the second sentence. Thanks for helping.
individual selection, targeted selection, item by item, etc. etc.
Explanation: Literally this could translate as "seletive selection", a redundancy. Perhaps this is why there are zero hits on AltaVista for: >>“gezielte auswahl” “gezielter auswahl” “gezielten auswahl”.---
It could have been helpful to know what kind of software this is about: Graphics for instance might favor _targeted_. Inventory management might favor _individual_ (or perhaps _item by item) etc.
Tom Funke Local time: 12:42 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 4
I thought it ought to be purposive sampling and searched for this in English, which yielded over 2,000 hits, among them several definitions. Here is a short one:
"Non-random sampling in which items are selected for a purpose."
- and here is one that includes an example:
"Selecting those members of a population who have a definable characteristic. For example, a study of depression might sample only those members of a population who are clinically depressed." (DP pp. 100-102) www.psy.anu.edu.au/staff/craig/DPdefs.html