degree of freedom definition

  • noun:
    • Statistics some of the unrestricted, separate random variables that constitute a statistic.
    • Physics the minimum number of coordinates necessary to specify totally the motion of a mechanical system.
    • Physics some of the independent thermodynamic factors, including force, heat, or structure, required to specify a system with certain quantity of stages and components.
    • the coordinates, a minimum number of that are necessary to specify the movement of a mechanical system
    • Any of the separate factors necessary to specify the thermodynamic condition of a method containing components and stages
    • Any unrestricted adjustable in a frequency distribution
    • (data) an unrestricted adjustable in a frequency circulation
    • one of the minimal number of variables needed to describe the state of a physical system

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