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15 Examples of Meta

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Meta is an element that refers to itself such that it is self-referential. This typically refers to the process of viewing something at a higher level of abstraction whereby you take a step back to study, explain or reconsider things. The following are common examples.

Meta Analysis

An analysis of analysis such as a medical study that seeks to evaluate the results of dozens of studies on a particular disease.

Metadata

Data about data such as statistics or control information in a database.

Metacognition

Thinking that attempts to identify and control thought processes. For example, identifying errors in your own logic.

Meta Learning

Learning how to learn. For example, learning research skills might be considered meta-learning.

Meta Tags

Tags that describe tags such as the meta tags of HTML that describe a page.

Metaethics

The philosophy of ethics.

Metafile

A file that contains information about other files such as a readme.txt that is packaged with software installation files.

Metaheuristic

A heuristic that selects the best heuristic to use in a given situation.

Metainformation

Information about information. For example, search results are a type of metainformation.

Metaknowledge

Knowledge about knowledge such as theories about the different types of knowledge.

Metamodel

A model that provides a model for models. Used to describe a framework or set of rules for creating models such as architectural models.

Metanarrative

A story about a story. Also used to describe historical analysis that studies history through stories such as myth.

Metaphysics

The philosophy of physics.

Metastrategy

A strategy for developing a strategy.

Meta Universe

Theories that our universe is a small part of a greater universe made of universes.
Overview: Meta Examples
Type
Definition (1)
An element that is self-referential.
Definition (2)
The process of taking a step back to examine your thinking, processes or information.
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