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Foreword:

I am developing a variable-processing program for my Computer Science research project.

One particular part of the program mimics the behavior of biological enzymes, except instead of catalyzing break downs and compositions of chemicals, its catalyzing break downs and compositions of variables (specifically arrays).

The process in question is a 2 part process:

  • initiating process:
    • (in terms of enzymes:) breaks down certain compounds into smaller compounds
    • (in terms of program:) fragments certain variables (certain arrays) into fragments

  • finalizing process:
    • (in terms of enzymes:) combine the smaller compounds into larger compounds different from the originals (like mixing and matching the parts)
    • (in terms of program:) combine the fragment-variables into larger variables different from the originals (like mixing and matching the parts)

The process in question all together:

  • (in terms of enzymes:) breaks down certain compounds into smaller compounds,

    then recombines them into larger compounds that are different from the original large compounds
    (like mixing and matching the parts)

  • (in terms of program:) fragments certain variables (certain arrays) into fragments

    then recombines them into larger variables that are different from the original large variables
    (like mixing and matching the parts)

What is the process in question called?

Afternote:

I'm looking for a name, so the word could be a new word constructed from recognizable Latin or Germanic roots, and that would be an acceptable answer.

To get full coverage of an answer, I asked this question the English Language & Usage SE site, Stackoverflow SE site, and this SE site.

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  • $\begingroup$ the purpose of asking on the different sites is to get different types of feedback, so if you want to provide an answer on each site, please be considerate and don't dupe your answers. Answer with a different light and perspective. I am trying to get a full-coverage answer $\endgroup$ – user36361 Oct 20 '16 at 23:16
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    $\begingroup$ Cross-posting questions on multiple sites is generally frowned upon. It would probably be better if you decided which perspective suited you the best and asked it on one single site. $\endgroup$ – orthocresol Oct 20 '16 at 23:20
  • $\begingroup$ With that said, I'll give you two chemical options: rearrangement and isomerisation. $\endgroup$ – orthocresol Oct 20 '16 at 23:21
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    $\begingroup$ "Digestion" and "ligation" sound good to me. So do "lysis" and "agglomerization". Calling the combined process a "recombination" or even a "fermentation" seems apt. $\endgroup$ – Curt F. Oct 20 '16 at 23:24
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    $\begingroup$ In the broadest sense, "catabolic" for breakdown and "anabolic" for reconstruction might be suitable. Not sure what the two together would be, though. $\endgroup$ – hBy2Py Oct 20 '16 at 23:46

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