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discretize Line breaks: dis¦cret|ize
Pronunciation: /dɪˈskriːtʌɪz/
(also discretise)

Definition of discretize in English:


[with object] Mathematics
Represent or approximate (a quantity or series) using a discrete quantity or quantities.
Example sentences
  • To solve such equations we must retreat to discrete steps and computations, and sometimes the continuous space itself must be discretized over a mesh before submission to a computing device.
  • Ten categories appear to be sufficient for discretizing the integral over parameters.
  • Approximations are made when the world is represented using continuous models (partial differential equations) and when these continuous models are discretized.



Pronunciation: /dɪskriːtʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Analyses all required a planar mathematical discretization of a region containing a prescribed number of cells with prescribed orientations.
  • For example, engineers use multigrid methods to analyze numeric properties of physical phenomena using a hierarchy of grid discretization.
  • To improve the accuracy of that extrapolation, we place a high premium on finding improved algorithms that reduce discretization artifacts.

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