characteristic function


nounMathematics.
  1. a function defined on a given set, having value 1 for every element of the set and value 0 for every element not contained in the set.

Origin of characteristic function

1
First recorded in 1875–80

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characteristic function

noun
  1. maths a function that assigns the value 1 to the members of a given set and the value 0 to its nonmembers

  2. statistics a function derived from the probability distribution function that enables the distribution of the sum of given random variables to be analysed

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