# How to Use numerator in a Sentence

## numerator

• The numerator will be same in both cases: the number of people who have died of the Covid-19.
Arunabh Saikia, Quartz India, 23 Mar. 2020
• But now that physicians know what to look for, the numerator in that ratio will likely change as well.
Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 16 Apr. 2021
• Around third grade, most of us learned a fraction has two parts—the numerator is the number on the top and the denominator is on the bottom.
Andrew Tisch, Forbes, 7 June 2022
• It’s the numerator — offense — that is the variable in the San Diego State basketball equation.
Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Jan. 2022
• The question involves fractions that feature a 1 in their numerator, like , or .
Quanta Magazine, 9 Mar. 2022
• Think of the internal content as the numerator of the equation, and the market context as the denominator.
Isaac Cheifetz, Star Tribune, 21 Nov. 2020
• But in this global crisis, both the numerator and the denominator are fuzzy.
Anchorage Daily News, 17 Apr. 2020
• Either when the numerator (in this case, the number of positive tests) rises; or when the denominator (in this case the number of tests performed) falls.
Joanne Silberner, Wired, 22 Dec. 2020
• Probabilistic: Calculate the ratio between the remaining cards of the two colors, with the larger number in the numerator so that the ratio is always 1 or more.
Quanta Magazine, 10 Feb. 2021
• The Index will be higher, obviously, with fewer laws in the denominator or with more rules in the numerator.
Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022
• If the denominator becomes a bigger number, so will the numerator, the thinking goes.
Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, 25 Jan. 2022
• The numerator is also shaky — for one, many people are dying at home without getting tested, and the extent to which deaths are undercounted is still unknown.
Caroline Chen, ProPublica, 28 Apr. 2020
• Or – the numerator in the CFR calculation, which is the number of infections officially reported, was too small by a factor of 3 or 4.
George Calhoun, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022
• The numerator is also tricky for middle-income households.
Richard Rubin, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2021
• For those not well acquainted with the math: the mortality rate is the total number of deaths due to the virus (numerator) divided by the total number of infections of the virus (denominator).
Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, 5 Apr. 2020
• The denominators of every even-numbered convergent give the house numbers in succession, and their numerators (n) give the number of houses as (n – 1)/2.
Quanta Magazine, 8 Aug. 2016
• With regard to the positivity rate, Tulane’s testing has been adding a lot to the city’s denominator (testing) while only rarely adding much to the numerator (cases).
Jeff Asher, NOLA.com, 19 Nov. 2020
• As a result, the obviously overwrought profit forecast hoisted the denominator, just as the 34% drop in prices was crushing the numerator.
Shawn Tully, Fortune, 18 May 2020
• And the numerator of deaths from the flu may be calibrated somewhat more conservatively than those currently listed as deaths from the coronavirus.
Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 13 Apr. 2020
• In theory, the value of a stock is determined by a formula that has future dividend payments (or cash flows) in the numerator and an interest rate in the denominator.
John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 14 May 2022
• But this reflects the denominator rising, not the numerator shrinking: investment relative to GDP is in line with 1990s levels.
The Economist, 31 May 2018
• Its numerator—total deaths—depends on the spread of ages within that population, the prevalence of preexisting illnesses, how far people live from hospitals, and how well staffed or well equipped those hospitals are.
Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 29 Apr. 2020
• Banks are now buying back stock and distributing capital to shareholders, or, in SLR terms, willfully reducing their numerator.
Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 13 Mar. 2021
• In fourth grade, the standard is students can compare two fractions with different numerators or denominators.
Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, 26 June 2019
• Our economy won’t keep growing for long unless both this numerator and denominator are growing.
Andrew Tisch, Forbes, 7 June 2022
• Still, that would be a pretty high number, even if the numerator represented average rather than Brobdingnagian profits.
Shawn Tully, Fortune, 1 June 2022
• More candidates competing for fewer votes has left Democrats grappling with both a numerator and denominator problem in Orange County.
Ronald Brownstein, CNN, 5 June 2018
• Estate taxes should be included in the numerator too, said Columbia University economist Wojciech Kopczuk.
Richard Rubin, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2021

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