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Approximation Ap*prox`i*ma"tion n. [Cf. F. approximation, LL. approximatio.] 1. The act of approximating; a drawing, advancing or being near; approach; also, the result of approximating. The largest capacity and the most noble dispositions are but an approximation to the proper standard and true symmetry of human nature. --I. Taylor. 2. An approach to a correct estimate, calculation, or conception, or to a given quantity, quality, etc. 3. (Math.) (a) A continual approach or coming nearer to a result; as, to solve an equation by approximation. (b) A value that is nearly but not exactly correct.

- an approximation is anything that is similar but not exactly equal to something else. the term can be applied to various properties (e.g.

- in computer science and operations research , approximation algorithms are algorithm s used to find approximate solutions to optimization

- in mathematics , approximation theory is concerned with how function s can best be approximated with simpler functions , and with

- in number theory , the field of diophantine approximation, named after diophantus of alexandria , deals with the approximation of real

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- the approximation error in some data is the discrepancy between an exact value and some approximation to it. an approximation error can

- each approximation generated in this way is a best rational approximation; that is, each is closer to than any other fraction with the

- wien's approximation (also sometimes called wien's law or the wien distribution law) is a law of physics used to describe the spectrum of

- the need for function approximations arises in many branches of applied mathematics , and computer science in particular. function

- for a printed media (such as paper ), a typographic approximation is a replacement (approximation ) of some element of the writing system

- in computer science and operations research , approximation algorithms are algorithm s used to find approximate solutions to optimization

- in mathematics , approximation theory is concerned with how function s can best be approximated with simpler functions , and with

- in number theory , the field of diophantine approximation, named after diophantus of alexandria , deals with the approximation of real

- displaytitle: approximations of. file:timeline of approximations for pi. jpg , timeline of approximations for pi approximations for the

- the approximation error in some data is the discrepancy between an exact value and some approximation to it. an approximation error can

- each approximation generated in this way is a best rational approximation; that is, each is closer to than any other fraction with the

- wien's approximation (also sometimes called wien's law or the wien distribution law) is a law of physics used to describe the spectrum of

- the need for function approximations arises in many branches of applied mathematics , and computer science in particular. function

- for a printed media (such as paper ), a typographic approximation is a replacement (approximation ) of some element of the writing system