canonical form

noun

Definition of canonical form

: the simplest form of something specifically : the form of a square matrix that has zero elements everywhere except along the principal diagonal

Examples of canonical form in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In recent years, mathematicians have identified the canonical forms of other random processes — and have won some of the highest honors in the field as a result. Quanta Magazine, 2 July 2019 Yet mathematicians have discovered that these random processes converge to certain canonical forms. Quanta Magazine, 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of canonical form

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Canonical form.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canonical%20form. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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