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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).

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.

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

factor

A quantity which is multiplied by another quantity.

See also divisor.

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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The main results show that there are clear and significant differences between groups configured by inhibiting factors when a hypothetical decision not to shoplifting is considered.
Damian Walker of Totesport said: "We won't be pricing up the Shergar Cup events until the day of racing itself, and the reserve system will be one of the inhibiting factors. But we had not planned to offer odds at the 48-hour declaration stage in any case."
The answers can be reduced to two inhibiting factors, according to Intervoice, and both are being diminished by a positive convergence of industry forces.
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Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), on Turkey's primary and secondary mortgage market, found that one of the inhibiting factors for a secondary mortgage market was "the financial services industry in Turkey has poor access to capital due to the crowding out by public-sector borrowings [Treasury bills]."
The sets of encouraging and inhibiting factors were similar--that is, the presence or absence of particular factors appears to make a difference.
The Family Planning Association said: "Shame and embarrassment are inhibiting factors to people going to clinics.
NPWT controls wound fluid, thereby removing inhibiting factors, decreasing inflammatory-phase cytokines and increasing fibroblast cytokines.
A better understanding of these inhibiting factors could lead to the design of regenerative drugs that could cure paralysis.
Initially, a brief account documenting state tortures with respect to major facilitating factors, as well as major inhibiting factors is offered.