extrapolation extrapolation  /ɪk ˌstræ pə ˈleɪ ʃən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) (mathematics) calculation of the value of a function outside the range of known values
  2. (n) an inference about the future (or about some hypothetical situation) based on known facts and observations

Usage(s):

  1. Newton also conducted a backward extrapolation from modern astronomical data, which demonstrated certain anomalies in Ptolemy's observations.
  2. Given that there are far more households in the country than employers, it's clear that there's a lot more extrapolation involved in the second survey.
  3. While I no longer doubt that China's performance will be better than expected in 2009, there is good reason to be wary of extrapolation.

News

  1. FCC Releases Channel Repack Analysis, Updated OET-69 Software

    In the TVStudy extrapolation described in the Technical Appendix, the commission used Option No. 2—the same specific viewers—but emphasized that it do so for illustrative purposes only.
    on July 23, 2013     Source: Television Broadcast

  2. FCC Releases Channel Repacking Analysis, Updated OET-69 Software

    In the TVStudy extrapolation described in the Technical Appendix, the commission used Option No. 2—the same specific viewers—but emphasized that it do so for illustrative purposes only.
    on July 23, 2013     Source: Television Broadcast

Quotes

  1. "It was an extrapolation to the possibility" of 300,000 cases, Filner said.
    on Jun 13, 2008 By: Bob Filner Source: Coalinga Record

  2. "Alex taught me to believe that his little bird brain was conscious in some matter, that is, capable of intention," Dr. Pepperberg writes. "By extrapolation, Alex taught me that we live in a world populated by thinking, conscious creatures."
    on Nov 24, 2008 By: Irene Pepperberg Source: New York Times

  3. "I expect there to be between 30-40 positive tests based on an extrapolation from Athens in 2004 where there were 26 from 3,500 tests and here there will be 4,500 tests," said Rogge. "If we have fewer I will be extremely glad because that...
    on Aug 7, 2008 By: Jacques Rogge Source: AFP

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