harmonic analysis


Definition of harmonic analysis

: the expression of a periodic function as a sum of sines and cosines and specifically by a Fourier series

Examples of harmonic analysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After introducing new ideas in harmonic analysis and obtaining important results in an area called Calderón-Zygmund operator theory in the 1970s, Meyer wandered to the fledgling study of wavelets in the mid-1980s. Quanta Magazine, "Yves Meyer, Wavelet Expert, Wins Abel Prize," 21 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of harmonic analysis

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Harmonic analysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harmonic%20analysis. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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