linear combination

noun

Definition of linear combination

: a mathematical entity (such as 4x + 5y + 6z) which is composed of sums and differences of elements (such as variables, matrices, or functions) especially when the coefficients are not all zero

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In a generic lattice, lattice points are generated by taking all possible linear combinations of some set of vectors (arrows pointing in different directions). Quanta Magazine, "A Tricky Path to Quantum-Safe Encryption," 8 Sep. 2015 Without an activation function, every neural network, no matter how complex, would be reducible to a linear combination of its inputs. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of linear combination

1960, in the meaning defined above

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