One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the centre of gravity.
- ‘His work is highly original but the notion of barycentric coordinates introduced by Möbius was his main motivation.’
- ‘When the results of the analysis started coming in, it turned out that the initial estimate was almost entirely correct: The scores of all the triplet and pulse candidates, both barycentric and non-barycentric, had indeed gone down.’
- ‘The most important are the barycentric and trilinear coordinates.’
- ‘The three probabilities can be viewed as the barycentric coordinates of a vector p =, and the corresponding vector is mapped onto a two-dimensional simplex’
Late 19th century: from Greek barus ‘heavy’ + -centric.
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