Definition of discriminant function in English:

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discriminant function

noun

Statistics
A function of several variates used to assign items into one of two or more groups. The function for a particular set of items is obtained from measurements of the variates of items that belong to a known group.
Example sentences
  • The second discriminant function differentiated the HU group from the other two groups.
  • The discriminant function that separates the two groups best is statistically significant at the 5% level.
  • These lineages were characterized by means of a discriminant function separating the putative ancestral sample from the youngest sample of one of the species.

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Syllabification: dis·crim·i·nant func·tion

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