Clear, mutually exclusive, and exhaustive • Telecom Trends

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In statistical terms, we would use the terms "mutually exclusive" and "exhaustive" when trying to categorize a population into different subsets: setting clear boundaries, but covering the entire field.

Think of it in terms of defining answers for a multiple choice questionnaire, ensuring there isn’t any overlap (mutually exclusive), while making sure that every possible answer is covered (exhaustive). How many times have you looked at a poorly worded survey question and just sat there, wondering how you were supposed to choose just one answer? I’m certain that you must have seen questions for which the only possible correct answer for your circumstance was “none of the above”, but that wasn’t a choice.

What happens when legal questions look like that?

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