seriation

[seer-ee-ey-shuhn]
noun
the arrangement of a collection of artifacts into a chronological sequence.

Origin:
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.
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