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Definition of pathological

pathological

adjective

  • of input used to test a program or an algorithm, specifically designed to make the test subject perform as poorly as possible.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • of a set of circumstances that are likely to adversely affect something, very unlikely to occur.
    Person A: If the user uninstalls and then reinstalls video drivers while their monitor is off, the system will fail to boot.

    Person B: Yes, but that's a pathological case.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • of a data set, very dissimilar from normal input. Especially one that exposes a bug or algorithmic limitation.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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