Observable

Definition of Observable

Definition Last Updated 17-Dec-2015 12:51

An observable is that which determines the outcome of an observation, and is thus a kind of characteristic, i.e. something that can be said about1Formally, predicated of. the content of a particular region at a particular time.

Whereas tags (the only other kind of characteristic) are characteristics predicated on the identification of an entity, observables are intrinsic characteristics such as length or mass, whose values are independent of any entity identification.

The value of an observable is determined by inference from the quantitative or qualitative difference between the outcomes arising from observing and not observing.

Etymology & Derivation

According to Larousse2Specifically The Chambers Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994 (c) Larousse plc., the relevant aspects of to observe are

to keep in view; to watch; to subject to systematic watching; to regard attentively; to watch critically and attentively in order to ascertain a fact; to ascertain by such watching; to notice; to pay attention to; to remark in words, to comment;

Scope

Observable is a defined term of Enterprise Architecture. Observable is a defined term of Business Analysis. Observable is a defined term of Quantum Mechanics.

Discussion

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Relationships to Other Fundamental Concepts

The relationships between observables and other the fundamental concepts (characteristics, states, properties, attributes and tags) are shown in the figure below.

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Figure – States, Characteristics, Properties, Attributes, Observables and Tags

Notes   [ + ]

1.Formally, predicated of.
2.Specifically The Chambers Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994 (c) Larousse plc.

Observation

Definition of Observation

Definition Last Updated 17-Dec-2015 12:51

Observation is an activity intended to determine the value of an observable.

An observation is, according to context, either
  • A specific instance of an observing activity, or
  • The result of the observing activity, i.e. the specific value1Or range encompassing the value, or probability distribution for the value, or… given that any observation is necessarily subject to uncertainty, whether arising from limitations or defects known or unknown in the observing apparatus or method. of an observable at the time and place of observation

Measurement is the observation of a quantifiable observable.

Observation is a defined term of Enterprise Architecture. Observation is a defined term of Business Analysis.

Discussion

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Notes   [ + ]

1.Or range encompassing the value, or probability distribution for the value, or… given that any observation is necessarily subject to uncertainty, whether arising from limitations or defects known or unknown in the observing apparatus or method.

Orchestration

Definition of Orchestration

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Orchestration is the management of two or more independent activities (typically attributed to entities as behaviours) to achieve a desired outcome, typically while also satisfying specified constraints, fixed or dynamic.

Scope

Orchestration is a defined term of Enterprise Architecture. Orchestration is a defined term of Business Analysis.

Discussion

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Outcome

Definition of Outcome

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An outcome is the state that obtains following the completion of an action or the passage of an interval of time (during which some activity occurs), which may be expressed as either a description of the final state in absolute terms or as the initial state plus the changes that are caused by the action or activity.

The end state of a capability, process, process step, etc. is always an outcome of that capability, process, etc.

An outcome is the end state of an event.

Relationships

Outcomes are expressed as relationships of the form:

[Outcome] is a [state] following an [action]

Noting that action is the transformation of one state to another, outcome may be any state causally connected to the final state of the action, as well as the final state itself.

Scope

Outcome is a defined term of Enterprise Architecture. Outcome is a defined term of Business Analysis.

Discussion

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Whilst objective and goal refer to outcomes of (positive) value, an outcome is just a description without valuation. An outcome may be valued positively or negatively, but mere valuation does not make a positive outcome an objective or goal, nor does it make a negative outcome a failure.

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