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lasso (lăsˈō, lăso͞oˈ), light, strong rope, usually with a smooth, hard finish, made of a fine quality of hemp or nylon. It is used primarily for catching large animals such as cattle and horses. Horsehair or rawhide lassos were formerly common in America, but they have almost completely given way to the hemp and nylon ropes, which are far more efficient roping tools. The rope varies in length from 35 to 50 ft (11–15 m). At one end of the rope is a running knot or a metal ring by means of which a loop or noose is made. The loop is thrown, from as far away as 30 ft (9 m), around the horns or the feet of an animal and drawn tight. The lasso was invented by Native Americans, who used it effectively in war against the Spanish invaders. In the W United States and in parts of Latin America the lasso is a part of the equipment of a cattle herder. To use it on horseback requires great skill of the rider and his horse—the pull of the captured animal may throw the rider's horse, or the horse or rider may become entangled in the rope. The lasso is often called a lariat; the term lariat is applied also to a rope used in picketing, or tethering, animals.
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a long rope (from 15 to 30 m) woven from thong, horse hair, or wool, with a running noose. The lasso, evidently, emerged as a hunting implement and was later widely used by stock raisers. It was known in the countries of the ancient East, especially among the Scythians. Under various names it has been used and is used to this day by many Asian peoples. After cattle and horses were brought to America, the lasso was widely used by some Indian tribes engaged in horse hunting.

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An image editing tool that enables you to select an irregular object by dragging the mouse around it (while the mouse button is held down) and letting go. You do not have to join the ends together. When the mouse button is released, the two ends are connected automatically.

The Lasso Button
The lasso tool is found in many paint and image editing programs both in the Mac and Windows.
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Lasso minimizes the model's means square error while simultaneously imposing a penalty on the sum of the absolute values of the model's coefficient estimates.
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Lasso, a former banker, had promised to denounce the embattled Maduro, who foes say has lurched his country toward dictatorship.
Firstly, the coarse initial DOA estimation of sources is obtained using the LASSO compressing sensing technique.
In simulation studies, we show that IPF-LASSO performs better than the standard LASSO when the proportions of relevant variables are different in different modalities and generates parsimonious prediction rules compared with sparse group LASSO.
After lasso (least absolute shrinkage and selection operator) [6] was first proposed for linear regression models, Tibshirani [7] extended it to the Cox model.
LASSO is an estimate method which can simplify the index set.
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