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The multiplicity of a math object is the number of times the math object occurs in a context.[1] For example, in the prime factorization of

2 appears twice, so it has a multiplicity of 2. 3 appears once, so it has a multiplicity of 1.


  1. Dickson, Leonard Eugene, Ph.D.. First Course in the Theory of Equations. New York, John Wiley and Sons Inc.. 1922. Last Accessed 12/18/2009.

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