linear function


Definition of linear function

1 : a mathematical function in which the variables appear only in the first degree, are multiplied by constants, and are combined only by addition and subtraction

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Recent Examples on the Web This weighted sum is then fed into a non-linear function called an activation function—a step that enables neural networks to model complex non-linear phenomena. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How neural networks work—and why they’ve become a big business," 2 Dec. 2019 And a linear function can't model complex real-world phenomena. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 One of our favorite refrains: tennis careers are not linear functions. Jon Wertheim,, "40 Parting Thoughts from the 2018 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of linear function

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Linear function.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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