in·​vari·​ance | \ (ˌ)in-ˈver-ē-ən(t)s How to pronounce invariance (audio) \

Definition of invariance

: the quality or state of being invariant

Examples of invariance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nesting-doll feature — called discrete scale invariance — arose from a symmetry in the equation describing the forces between three particles. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Prove Surprising Rule of Threes," 27 May 2014 LeCun tells Science that translational invariance, too, could eventually emerge on its own with better general learning mechanisms. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "How researchers are teaching AI to learn like a child," 24 May 2018 Translational invariance is the principle behind convolutional neural networks, or convnets, LeCun's greatest claim to fame. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "How researchers are teaching AI to learn like a child," 24 May 2018 Methodological uniformitarianism (a procedural principle asserting spatial and temporal invariance of natural laws) belongs to the definition of science and is not unique to geology. Brian Romans, WIRED, "Rapid Canyon Formation and Uniformitarianism," 23 June 2010

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First Known Use of invariance

1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of invariance was in 1878

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“Invariance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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