Functional Form

In programming and mathematics, a functional form is an operator or function that can either be applied to other operators (i.e. one or more of its operands or arguments are itself operators) or yield operators as result, or both. It is, thus, essentially the same as a higher-order function, although the syntax may be more reminiscent of (pre-, post-, or infix) operators applied to operands, rather than function application in the lambda calculus tradition. Examples of functional forms are function composition, construction, and apply-to-all, but there are numerous others.

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Force Field (chemistry) - Functional Form
... Further information Molecular mechanics The basic functional form of a force field encapsulates both bonded terms relating to atoms that are linked ... depends on the force field, but a general form for the total energy in an additive force field can be written as where the components of the covalent and noncovalent contributions are ... The functional form for the rest of the bonded terms is highly variable ...
Choice Modelling - Theoretical Background
... rational decision process and that this process has a functional form ... Depending on the behavioural context, a specific functional form may be selected as a candidate to model that behaviour ... The multinomial logit or MNL model form is commonly used as it is a good approximation to the economic principle of utility maximisation ...

Famous quotes containing the words form and/or functional:

    Once out of nature I shall never take
    My bodily form from any natural thing,
    But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

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