The trouble with the computing usage is twofold. One, even though it really does have a life of it's own, it is really just "a case occuring" in the specialized context of object oriented programming. The second is that the other computing definitions I've written elsewhere that use the word instance use it in it's "a case occuring" sense, not in the object-oriented sense. I'm afraid there's a danger that people who are looking at a computing related definition will think that they must use the computing sense of "instance", when really that sense is only with respect to object oriented programming. (You can also talk about an instance of a closure but I haven't written that definition into instance, and might not as it is, again, just "a case occuring".) --kop 17:30, 7 June 2006 (UTC)
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Rfv-sense: "(computer science) A question that can be asked in the context of a computational problem." footnoted as follows Instances are questions that we can ask, and solutions are desired answers to these questions. See Models.
This looks as if someone took an attributive predication from an academic work and thought it constituted a definition (equative predication). DCDuringTALK 14:15, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
Never seen it. Would have expected to. Agree with your diagnosis. Equinox◑ 22:26, 29 August 2012 (UTC)