[dih-tur-muh-nuh nt] /dɪˈtɜr mə nənt/
a agent or factor.
Mathematics. an algebraic expression of the sum of products of elements, each with an appropriate algebraic sign, usually written in a square array and used in the solution of systems of linear equations.
Also called antigenic determinant, epitope. Immunology. any site on an antigen molecule at which an antibody can bind, the chemical structure of the site the specific combining antibody.
Genetics Archaic. a gene.
serving to determine or affect
a factor, circumstance, etc, that influences or determines
(maths) a square array of elements that represents the sum of certain products of these elements, used to solve simultaneous equations, in vector studies, etc Compare matrix (sense 9)
c.1600 (adj.); 1680s (n.), from Latin determinantem (nominative determinans), present participle of determinare (see determine).
determinant de·ter·mi·nant (dĭ-tûr’mə-nənt)
Tending or serving to determine.
algorithm A property of a computation which may have more than one result. One way to implement a nondeterministic algorithm is using backtracking, another is to explore (all) possible solutions in parallel. (1995-04-13)
[dih-tur-muh-niz-uh m] /dɪˈtɜr məˌnɪz əm/ noun 1. the doctrine that all facts and events exemplify natural laws. 2. the doctrine that all events, including human choices and decisions, have sufficient causes. /dɪˈtɜːmɪˌnɪzəm/ noun 1. Also called necessitarianism. the philosophical doctrine that all events including human actions and choices are fully determined by preceding events and […]
- Nondeterministic automaton
theory (Or “probabilistic automaton”) An automaton in which there are several possible actions (outputs and next states) at each state of the computation such that the overall course of the computation is not completely determined by the program, the starting state, and the initial inputs. See also nondeterministic Turing Machine. (1996-05-07)
- Nondeterministic polynomial time
complexity (NP) A set or property of computational decision problems solvable by a nondeterministic Turing Machine in a number of steps that is a polynomial function of the size of the input. The word “nondeterministic” suggests a method of generating potential solutions using some form of nondeterminism or “trial and error”. This may take exponential […]