One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The magnitude of a real number without regard to its sign.
The absolute value of a complex number a + ib is the positive square root of a²+ b²Also called modulus
- ‘Their absolute values increase roughly 2x and the signs change.’
- ‘In other words, you can safely bet your life on the fact that for your sequence, the bigger N is, the closer the absolute value of the Nth number gets to the Nth power of 1.13198824…’
- ‘Ignoring minus signs, thereby taking the absolute value, gives a two-part curve.’
- ‘The most commonly used method is to check for patterns in a plot of the absolute values of the standardized contrasts against their standard deviations (square roots of sums of branch lengths).’
- ‘In general, we say that the second component winds monotonically about the first, unknotted, component if the number of maximum points on the diagram equals the absolute value of the linking number.’
2technical The actual magnitude of a numerical value or measurement, irrespective of its relation to other values.
- ‘The heat peaks caused by the upward and downward pressure jumps differ in sign but should agree in absolute values.’
- ‘To obtain relative values absolute values were divided by germination percentages obtained in water, and the result was multiplied by 100.’
- ‘We use dBm to express absolute values of power relative to a milliwatt.’
- ‘Figure 4 shows five-year moving averages of the mean absolute value of the ratio of the current account balance to GDP for twelve countries.’
- ‘The protected polymorphism conditions are now given by the inequalities that the absolute values of these eigenvalues are larger than one.’
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