The definition generalizability has to do with the degree to which a particular definition is generalizable. This could mean that a specific statement represents a generalization or that a particular definition is more inclusive than more specific definitions.
In the world of programming, there are a lot of generalization statements and there are a lot of inclusive definitions. There is a lot of truth in those definitions because, as any programmer can tell you, you can’t just make a general implementation of code that is specific to your environment.
The generalization statements are just that, general. In general, a program does what it says it does. The generalization statements are just that, general because the meaning of a general statement may depend on a specific environment.
You can get into trouble by assuming you know the meaning of a generalization. For instance, the following statement is true in a certain environment, but false in another.
I’m going to make a general statement about the algorithm of a database. For instance, I’m going to say it’s very fast to make a query based on a specific set of columns. However, if I know, in advance, that it is going to be very slow, I should not make the statement.
A lot of the time we use generalizations like this because they make the statement more general than it really is. We use generalizations because we are trying to make the statement more general than it really is. This is a mistake that can lead to misinterpretation. In some cases the mistake is just that we mis-understood the particular environment. In other cases we could be missing some important context, making the generalization false.
We generally make generalizations like this because we want to make the statement more general than it really is. In general, we use generalizations because we want to make it easier to understand for someone else. In some cases the mistake is just that we’re being sloppy. In other cases it could be that the people involved are clueless.
For example, if we ask someone what the best way to eat steak is, we are not going to know the answer, and we could be missing some important context. If we asked someone what the best way to eat steak is, they would likely say something like “Well, it depends on your circumstances.” Of course this is bad, but it could be a good generalization if we’d known that.
It’s also just that we have no idea what anyone else knows. How would we know that the best way to eat steak is to take a bath or to drink some beer before bed? We wouldn’t have to worry about this, but it’s a simple fact of life that we all have to make a list of our own favorite foods, and then try to figure out what the other person’s tastes are. Or maybe they know better than we do. Maybe they’re better.
It’s not a question of generalizability, it’s a question of meaning. If someone has a list of favorite foods, and theyre going to spend their entire life eating that list, then they have to figure out what the other people are eating. If someone doesn’t know what the other person is eating, you can’t just ask them.