sa·​lien·​cy ˈsā-lyən(t)-sē How to pronounce saliency (audio)
plural saliencies

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One way for humans to try to understand AI logic involves using saliency maps to highlight the data that received the most attention from the AI during its analysis. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Mar. 2023 The tool was powered by what's called a saliency algorithm, which is a predictive model that tries to estimate what someone would want to see first in a picture. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 21 May 2021 The saliency maps supported findings from other studies, including ones on normal aging in the brain and how Alzheimer’s might impact the brains of male and female people differently. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Jan. 2023 This would increase this saliency ratio and, in turn, produce more torque. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Aug. 2022 But the saliency point also applies to things such as heating bills and the cost of food, which has gone up nearly nine per cent in the past twelve months. The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2022 One popular explainability method is called a saliency map. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2022 Certainly Mailer’s brand of machismo has less cultural saliency in 2022 than in his heyday. Doug George,, 8 Jan. 2022 While other districts in the U.S. had dealt with the issue, Loudoun appeared to gain the most attention, and the state as a whole would become a test case for the political saliency of education. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 24 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saliency was in 1664

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“Saliency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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