Discrete in science is the opposite of continuous: something that is separate; distinct; individual. Discrete may refer to:

  • Discrete particle or quantum in physics, for example in quantum theory
  • Discrete device, an electronic component with just one circuit element, either passive or active, other than an integrated circuit
  • Discrete group, a group with the discrete topology
  • Discrete mathematics, the study of structures without continuity
  • Discrete optimization, a branch of optimization in applied mathematics and computer science
  • Discrete probability distribution, a random variable that can be counted
  • Discrete signal, a time series consisting of a sequence of quantities
  • Discrete space, a simple example of a topological space
  • Discrete time, non-continuous time, which results in discrete-time samples
  • Discrete pitch, a pitch with a steady frequency, rather than an indiscrete gliding, glissando or portamento, pitch

Other articles related to "discrete":

Locally Discrete Collection - Formal Definition
... A collection {Ga} of subsets of X is said to be locally discrete, if each point of the space has a neighbourhood intersecting at most one element of the collection ... A collection of subsets of X is said to be countably locally discrete, if it is the countable union of locally discrete collections ...
Locally Discrete Collection - Properties and Examples
... Locally discrete collections are always locally finite ... a collection of subsets of a topological space X is locally discrete, it must satisfy the property that each point of the space belongs to at most one element of the ... This means that only collections of pairwise disjoint sets can be locally discrete ...
Overlap–save Method
... name for an efficient way to evaluate the discrete convolution between a very long signal and a finite impulse response (FIR) filter (Eq.1) where h=0 for m ... convolution theorem where DFT and DFT−1 refer to the Discrete Fourier transform and inverse Discrete Fourier transform, respectively, evaluated over N discrete ...
Locally Discrete Collection
... In mathematics, particularly topology, collections of subsets are said to be locally discrete if they look like they have precisely one element from a local point of view ... The study of locally discrete collections is worthwhile as Bing's metrization theorem shows ...
List Of Discrete Event Simulation Software - Not Yet Categorized
... GPSS is the time tested discrete event simulation platform ... system dynamics with 4D rendering, Procedural animation Simulation123 peer support for discrete event simulation Care pathway simulator is an award-winning discrete event ...

Famous quotes containing the word discrete:

    The mastery of one’s phonemes may be compared to the violinist’s mastery of fingering. The violin string lends itself to a continuous gradation of tones, but the musician learns the discrete intervals at which to stop the string in order to play the conventional notes. We sound our phonemes like poor violinists, approximating each time to a fancied norm, and we receive our neighbor’s renderings indulgently, mentally rectifying the more glaring inaccuracies.
    W.V. Quine (b. 1908)

    One can describe a landscape in many different words and sentences, but one would not normally cut up a picture of a landscape and rearrange it in different patterns in order to describe it in different ways. Because a photograph is not composed of discrete units strung out in a linear row of meaningful pieces, we do not understand it by looking at one element after another in a set sequence. The photograph is understood in one act of seeing; it is perceived in a gestalt.
    Joshua Meyrowitz, U.S. educator, media critic. “The Blurring of Public and Private Behaviors,” No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior, Oxford University Press (1985)

    We have good reason to believe that memories of early childhood do not persist in consciousness because of the absence or fragmentary character of language covering this period. Words serve as fixatives for mental images. . . . Even at the end of the second year of life when word tags exist for a number of objects in the child’s life, these words are discrete and do not yet bind together the parts of an experience or organize them in a way that can produce a coherent memory.
    Selma H. Fraiberg (20th century)