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PAIR (Peer-Allocated Instant Response) is a project in the Netherlands that aims to match students with best-suited peer candidates for online support.[1] It was launched in 2006 by the Open University of the Netherlands, an online university, and was supported by Fontys University and SURF, the national organization in the Netherlands that coordinates ICT in higher education.[2]

The system works as follows:[3] Online students requiring help type their question into an IM-like client; they are then automatically and instantaneously paired with another student who is currently online. When the conversation is over, both parties rate the experience. The currently used allocation algorithm does not perform a semantic analysis of the question; it allocates peer tutors based on their position in the curriculum relative to the help seeker, their past workload and past ratings.

A simulation of the allocation algorithm was carried out[2] and two 8-week pilot projects were conducted at the Open University and the Fontys University.[3]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
pair

Plural
pairs or pair

pair (plural pairs or pair)

  1. Two similar or identical things taken together; often followed by of.
    I couldn't decide which of the pair of designer shirts I preferred, so I bought the pair.
  2. Two people in a relationship, partnership (especially sexual) or friendship.
    Spouses should make a great pair.
  3. Used in the plurale tantum names of some garments and other symmetrical objects that have two similar parts or complementary halves.
    a pair of scissors; a pair of spectacles; a pair of jeans
    but not a pair of cymbals
  4. A couple of working animals attached to work together, as by a yoke.
    A pair is harder to drive then two mounts with separate riders.
  5. (card games) A poker hand that contains of two cards of identical rank, which cannot also count as a better hand.
  6. (cricket) A score of zero runs (a duck) in both innings of a two-innings match
  7. (baseball, informal) A double play, two outs recorded in one play
    They turned a pair to end the fifth.
  8. (baseball, informal) A doubleheader, two games played on the same day between the same teams
    The Pirates took a pair from the Phillies.
  9. (slang) A pair of breasts
    She's got a gorgeous pair.

Synonyms

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Translations

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  • German: Paar n.
  • Italian: paio m. (plural: paia f.) (1,2)
  • Vietnamese: đôi, cặp

Verb

Infinitive
to pair

Third person singular
pairs

Simple past
paired

Past participle
paired

Present participle
pairing

to pair (third-person singular simple present pairs, present participle pairing, simple past and past participle paired)

  1. (transitive) To put two (people, sets or things) together.
    The wedding guests were paired boy-girl and groom's party-bride's party
  2. (transitive) To bring two (animals, notably dogs) together for mating.

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

Anagrams

  • Anagrams of aipr
  • PIRA

Catalan

Verb

pair

  1. To digest

French

Etymology

From Latin par 'equal'

Pronunciation

Adjective

pair m. (f. paire, m. plural pairs, f. plural paires)

  1. (number) even

Antonyms

Related terms

Noun

pair m. (plural pairs)

  1. A peer, high nobleman/vassal (as in peer of the realm)
  2. In tennis, the score deuce

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Anagrams


Romansch

Etymology

Latin pirum

Noun

pair

  1. A pear







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