nearest-neighbor

adjective

variants or nearest neighbor
: using the value of the nearest adjacent element
used of an interpolation technique
Both image resizing operations are performed using the nearest neighbor interpolation method. Franco A. Del Colle et al., Journal of Computer Science & Technology, 1 Apr. 2008
One of the main areas of collaborative filtering we exploited is the nearest-neighbor approach. A movie's "neighbors" in this context are other movies that tend to be scored most similarly when rated by the same viewer. Robert M. Bell et al., IEEE Spectrum, May 2009
nearest neighbor noun
The value for each color is derived from weighted values of the nearest neighbors. David Austerberry, Broadcast Engineering, 1 May 2011

Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nearest-neighbor was in 1962

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“Nearest-neighbor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nearest-neighbor. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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