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approximate

[ə′präk·sə·mət (adjective) or ə′präk·sə‚māt (verb)]
(mathematics)
To obtain a result that is not exact but is near enough to the correct result for some specified purpose.
To obtain a series of results approaching the correct result.
(science and technology)
Close to the correct value. Abbreviated approx.
To be close to.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The first half steps for U and V are approximated in a similar process and are stored in [U.sub.x], [U.sub.y] and [V.sub.x], [V.sub.y] as follows [13,15]:
The selected statistical analysis feature set as well as the selected approximated speech feature contours is combined to form the proposed feature set.
As usual with adaptive quadrature, the interval [a, b] is partitioned into subintervals [[x.sub.m], [x.sub.m+1]] and the integral (1.2) is approximated by summing generalized Filon approximations
Let d be the moving distance of each step, and Each step takes a duration of l, [7] investigated under the random walk mobility the remote updating rate ^(r) can be approximated by [d.sup.2]/(l x [r.sup.2]).
Noting two recent revenue procedures that allowed a replacement cost method that approximated actual cost, the AICPA urged the IRS and Treasury to "allow the use of rolling average cost whenever it approximates actual cost consistent" with these rulings.
From approximated conjectures about molecules, theory can provide valuable guidance for experiments.
Furthermore, absorption in 1999 approximated the amount of new construction during the same time period.
The fair market value of Alan's compensation was approximated by inverting the firm's billing rate formula and dividing the owner's billing rate by the 0.001667 staff multipier factor.
In the experiments, the abundances of gases trapped in water-ice chilled to 50 kelvins most closely approximated terrestrial conditions.
The in-transit inventory (shipped via boat from outside the U.S.) approximated 26%-28% of the taxpayer's ending inventory.

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