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factor,

in arithmetic, any number that divides a given number evenly, i.e., without any remainder. The factors of 12 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12. Similarly in algebra, any one of the algebraic expressions multiplied by another to form a product is a factor of that product, e.g., a+b and ab are factors of a2b 2, since (a+b)(ab)=a2b2. In general, if r is a rootroot,
in mathematics, number or quantity r for which an equation f(r)=0 holds true, where f is some function. If f is a polynomial, r is called a root of f; for example, r=3 and r
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 of a polynomialpolynomial,
mathematical expression which is a finite sum, each term being a constant times a product of one or more variables raised to powers. With only one variable the general form of a polynomial is a0xn+a1x
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 equation f(x)=0, then (xr) is a factor of the polynomial f(x).
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factor

[′fak·tər]
(mathematics)
For an integer n, any integer which gives n when multiplied by another integer.
For a polynomial p, any polynomial which gives p when multiplied by another polynomial.
For a graph G, a spanning subgraph of G with at least one edge.
(statistics)
A quantity or a variable being studied in an experiment as a possible cause of variation.
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factor

1. Maths
a. one of two or more integers or polynomials whose product is a given integer or polynomial
b. an integer or polynomial that can be exactly divided into another integer or polynomial
2. Med any of several substances that participate in the clotting of blood
3. Law, Commerce a person who acts on another's behalf, esp one who transacts business for another
4. former name for a gene
5. Commercial law a person to whom goods are consigned for sale and who is paid a factorage
6. (in Scotland) the manager of an estate
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factor

A quantity which is multiplied by another quantity.

See also divisor.
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factor

A number that divides evenly into another number. For example, 3 and 4 are factors of 12. See factorial and IFP.
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Factor V (% of variance = 6.05) Morality scale (SEG) score 0.41361 |Normal' personality 0.40115 Victim alcohol-intoxicated 0.37443 Aggressive while alcohol-intoxicated 0.37418 Low educational level -0.33657 Alcoholism in family 0.33109 Previous crime record -0.32118 Aggressive behaviour -0.31009 Acute alcohol intoxication 0.30989 Factor VI (% of variance = 6.01) Premeditation -0.39879 |Normal' personality 0.36332 Victim = spouse 0.32336 Aggression scale (VAPO) score -0.32174 Juvenile delinquency -0.32006 Previous crime record -0.30896 Victim aggressive 0.30007 Factor V reminds one of Megargee's (1966) hypothesis on |over-controlled' murderers or Blackburn's (1971) |over-controlled repressors'.
Factor VI primarily has high significant negative loadings on the three indices of divergent thinking, i.e., originality, elaboration, and fluency, and a positive loading on conservatism, which clearly indicates that conservatism hinders the process of creative thinking, in other words, it may be said that risk-taking propensity is positively associated with creative thinking.