Differential Influence

  Difficulty: Intermediate   Keywords: Humour

Differential Influence is not really a Go term per se, but a general term that refers to the differing degree of effect (influence) various factors have on an outcome.

For instance:

In vocational psychology
One of the general aspects of work and work organizations identified by Lowman (1993), the differential influence principle refers to the fact that some employees have more influence in the work organization than others, mainly because employees are usually hierarchically organized within work organizations. However, the expression of power and influence in organizations may take different forms at different hierarchical levels. In addition, different combinations of individual differences variables (e.g., intelligence, persuasiveness, or other social skills) may have differing effects on level of influence at different levels of the hierarchy.
In Sociology
The effect of sport socialization and family responsibilities on female and male interscholastic coaches' have been noted as reasons for entering and leaving the field. The differential influence of these factors has been speculated as a reason for the underrepresentation of women in coaching.... Undergraduate degree major, intercollegiate athletic experience, marital status, and parental status were factors in the reasons why coaches would leave the field. Gender differences were observed in the effect of degree major and parental status on reasons for leaving coaching.
In Medicine
The differential influence of carbamazepine and valproate monotherapy on plasma levels of oestrone sulphate and dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate in various patient groups has been found to be...
The Many Faces of Differential Influence
Do faces and objects compete for attention? In this study, we examine whether faces and objects compete for attention, and whether their differential processing is reflected in the way attention influences recognition. In a priming paradigm, positive priming was found for both attended faces and attended houses. Negative priming was found for unattended faces, suggesting that faces and objects compete for attention. However, negative priming was not found for unattended houses, indicating a differential influence of attention, whereby faces might either capture attention, or be processed in a highly automatic fashion.
In Biochemistry
Nucleic acid sequences containing tracts of contiguous guanines tend to self-associate into a four-stranded structure. Within the quadruplex, the guanine residues of the four strands are arranged in a square planar array with reciprocal hydrogen bonds. The G*G*G*G quadruplex structure is inordinately and differentially stabilized by monovalent cations that are positioned within the quadruplex helical core, between adjacent G-quartets, coordinated to carbonyl oxygens. The relationship of cationic radius to the size of the quadruplex helical core is responsible for the differential influence of electrostatically nearly equivalent alkali metal cations on quadruplex structure.

It could be that someone is Again implying that one form of Go analysis works out to being a gestalt of the differential influence of the various groups that are adjacent to a given area, depending on their varying strengths and stability at any one stage of the game.

Or he may just be pulling our leg.

Differential Influence last edited by on August 21, 2007 - 23:06
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