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seriation

[seer-ee-ey-shuh n] /ˌsɪər iˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the arrangement of a collection of artifacts into a chronological sequence.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin seri(ēs) series + -ation
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  • In fact, when seriation finds an incorrect order it is usually different from the correct order by only a single inversion.
  • The cognition tasks consisted of one test of seriation and one test of temporal ordering.
  • seriation problems were presented under different modality conditions: visual, visual-tactile, and tactile.
Word Origin and History for seriation
n.

"the forming of an orderly sequence," 1650s; see series + -ation.

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