A degenerate case is a case where the class of an object changes to a usually simpler object. Degenerate cases are limiting, meaning that the original object can not be changed any further. Table 1 shows a number of degenerate objects.
General case | Degenerate case |
---|---|
Circle | A circle with a radius of zero has degenerated to a point. |
Rectangle | A rectangle with one side having a length of zero has degenerated to a line segment. |
Hyperbola | A hyperbola can degenerate into two lines crossing at a point. |
Continuum | A degenerate continuum is a single point. |
Table 1: Degenerate objects |
# | A | B | C | D |
E | F | G | H | I |
J | K | L | M | N |
O | P | Q | R | S |
T | U | V | W | Y |
Z | X |
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