dis·​crim·​i·​na·​tor | \ di-ˈskri-mə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce discriminator (audio) \

Definition of discriminator

: one that discriminates especially : a circuit that can be adjusted to accept or reject signals of different characteristics (such as amplitude or frequency)

Examples of discriminator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The generator learns the channel distribution jointly with a discriminator that teaches the generator to capture the most relevant wireless features in the model. Karl Freund, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Ultimately, the discriminator was unable to distinguish a real face from a fake one. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2022 This could be a critical discriminator for the Army, because Oshkosh is so highly regarded for its technical and manufacturing capability. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Another system, the discriminator, determines if the data passes as real or fake. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Mar. 2021 In some cases, the training algorithm provides the same input information to both the generator and the discriminator. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 19 Nov. 2020 The discriminator's answers are used to train the generator. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 19 Nov. 2020 This turned out to be a very reliable discriminator for both authors’ styles. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian, 28 Nov. 2019 Every time the discriminator wins the battle, the generator is forced to examine its own internal logic, creating and hopefully refining into a better system. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 17 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of discriminator

1828, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2022

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“Discriminator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discriminator. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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