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Box and Cox Line breaks: Box and Cox
Pronunciation: /bɒks(ə)ndˈkɒks/

Definition of Box and Cox in English:


[often as modifier] British
Used to refer to an arrangement whereby people make use of the same accommodation or facilities at different times, according to a strict arrangement: a Box and Cox arrangement
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  • Meanwhile, the White House reverted to its policy of the two senior figures playing Box and Cox.
  • When the response variable does not follow a normal distribution, it is sometimes possible to use the methods of Box and Cox to find a transformation that improves the fit.
  • With Box and Cox, the printer and the hatter, we have two such zeros, each present and absent to the other at one and the same time.


The title of a play (1847) by J. M. Morton, in which two characters, John Box and James Cox, unknowingly become tenants of the same room.

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