de·​cod·​er | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkō-dər How to pronounce decoder (audio) \

Definition of decoder

: one that decodes especially : an electronic device that converts signals from one form to another (as for unscrambling a television transmission)

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Recent Examples on the Web The Red Sox and Yankees snitched on one another in 2017, resulting in fines and the revelation of Apple Watch usage (Red Sox) and an unfounded accusation of a YES network camera that doubled as a sign decoder. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "After role in Astros' sign-stealing scandal, can Carlos Beltran manage former foes with Mets?," 15 Jan. 2020 Errors are propagated backwards in this fashion until every parameter of the neural network—in both the encoder and the decoder—has been adjusted. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "I created my own deepfake—it took two weeks and cost $552," 16 Dec. 2019 If every photo of Mark Zuckerberg shows him with blue eyes, for example, the Zuck decoder network will learn to automatically render his face with blue eyes. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "I created my own deepfake—it took two weeks and cost $552," 16 Dec. 2019 Second, Willingham said, these fluent decoders benefit from having wide-ranging background knowledge about the world. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "Why Do Some People Become Readers?," 19 Sep. 2019 Hardware for the new system — including cameras, monitors, custom programming and an encoder-decoder for captioning — will cost $76,184, according to the district. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach school board approves buying new audio-visual system to resume live-streaming meetings," 27 Sep. 2019 Shopping by the importer whose label is on the back of the bottle has been a savvy wine hack for decades, a decoder ring for consumers to suss out quality amid the ever-expanding and always changing world of international wine options. Jordan Michelman, Los Angeles Times, "The secret to picking the perfect bottle of wine might be on the back label," 25 July 2019 That's why, along with the sensor fish, ATS is helping develop fish-tag technology known as the Juvenile Salmon Acoustic Telemetry System (JSATS) and its advanced decoder software. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Robotic Fish Are About to Take to the Water All Across the World," 4 Feb. 2019 The chip will contain the usual media block of dedicated encoders and decoders for motion video. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel promises big boost to integrated GPU, breaks teraflop barrier," 12 Dec. 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Decoder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of decoder

technical : an electronic device that changes signals for a radio, television, etc., to a form that can be heard or seen correctly

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