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degrees of freedom

(robotics)
The number of independent parameters required to specify the position and orientation of an object. Often used to classify robot arms. For example, an arm with six degrees of freedom could reach any position close enough and could orient it's end effector (grip or tool etc.) at any angle about the three perpendicular axes.
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degrees of freedom

The amount of movement available in a robotics or virtual reality system. See 6DOF.
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Savannas burned in 1992 had significantly lower total arthropod abundances (GLM t = 3.49, 7 d.f., P [less than] 0.05) and species richness (GLM t = 2.83, 7 d.f., P [less than] 0.05) in 1992 sweep samples than savannas not burned in 1992 [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1A, B OMITTED].
Abundance, species richness [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1A, B OMITTED] and diversity (H[prime]) of 1992 sweep samples did not respond significantly to burning frequency (GLM t = 0.80, 7 d.f., P = 0.45; GLM t = 0.31, 7 d.f., P = 0.77; GLM t = 1.97, 7 d.f., P = 0.09).
Abundance, species richness and diversity (H[prime]) of 1993 sweep samples did not respond significantly to burning frequency (GLM t = 1.29, 7 d.f., P = 0.24; GLM t = 1.15, 7 d.f., P = 0.29; GLM t = 0.28, 7 d.f., P = 0.79) or burning in 1993 (GLM t = 0.04, 7 d.f., P = 0.97; GLM t = 0.08, 7 d.f., P = 0.94; GLM t = 0.59, 7 d.f., P = 0.57).