# to specialize the function

## English translation: assign a specific functional form

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 English term or phrase: to specialize the function English translation: assign a specific functional form Entered by:

 19:11 Aug 11, 2006
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Science - Mathematics & Statistics / scientific writing
 English term or phrase: to specialize the function Let us specialize the function F(x). Would native-speaking mathematicians use this wording to mean the following: Let us assign a specific/concrete form (or maybe expression) to the function F(x)? Any comments appreciated
 Nik-On/OffUkraine Local time: 07:18
 assign a specific functional form Explanation:A functional form is an algebraic expression that corresponds to a particular functional relationship. For example, there are various ways to describe a direct relationship between two variables: Function: y = f(x) where dy/dx > 0 Functional forms: y = a + bx where b > 0 (straight line) y = a + b*ln(x) where b > 0 (curve line with decreasing slope) y = a + b*x*x* where b > 0 (curve line with increasing slope) All of the above functional forms express the same idea as the functional relationship given by y = f(x) where dy/dx > 0, but each functional form produces a graph that appears differently.
Selected response from:

R. A. Stegemann
Saudi Arabia
Local time: 13:18
 Thanks, everybody!4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

4 +1assign a specific functional form
 R. A. Stegemann
3Let us enter arguments into the function F(x)
 Erich Ekoputra
3to find a simplified form of the function ...
 David Knowles
2Let us find/set a specific form for the function
 Kirill Semenov

Discussion entries: 1

1 hr   confidence:
Let us find/set a specific form for the function

Explanation:
I doubt `specialize' may be the word here.

 Kirill SemenovUkraineLocal time: 07:18Works in fieldNative speaker of: Russian

1 hr   confidence:
to find a simplified form of the function ...

Explanation:
where (probably) one parameter has a fixed value. There's a lot of Google stuff about C++ and so on, and it's difficult to find a mathematical example, but I'm fairly sure that's right.

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Note added at 2 hrs (2006-08-11 21:19:29 GMT)
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Seems like a good word to me, if my explanation fits what you mean by "specialize"!

 David KnowlesLocal time: 05:18Works in fieldNative speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 4
 Asker: Do you mean "specialize" is right?Asker: No, doesn't fit. Specialization here means making a function in general form concrete/specific

5 hrs   confidence: peer agreement (net): +1
assign a specific functional form

Explanation:
A functional form is an algebraic expression that corresponds to a particular functional relationship. For example, there are various ways to describe a direct relationship between two variables:

Function: y = f(x) where dy/dx > 0
Functional forms: y = a + bx where b > 0 (straight line)
y = a + b*ln(x) where b > 0 (curve line with decreasing slope)
y = a + b*x*x* where b > 0 (curve line with increasing slope)

All of the above functional forms express the same idea as the functional relationship given by y = f(x) where dy/dx > 0, but each functional form produces a graph that appears differently.

 R. A. StegemannSaudi ArabiaLocal time: 13:18Specializes in fieldNative speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 12
 Thanks, everybody!

agree
 1 day14 hrs
-> Thank you, Cristina.

16 hrs   confidence:
Let us enter arguments into the function F(x)

Explanation:
That is the conclusion I take from this ref:

http://wiki.axiom-developer.org/TuplesProductsAndRecords
... higher-order function. Specialization is applying that function to a specific argument.

 Erich EkoputraIndonesiaLocal time: 11:18Native speaker of: Indonesian

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