Multiplicity

Pronunciation: /ˌmʌl təˈplɪ sɪ ti/ ?

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

12=2*2*3=2^2*3,
2 appears twice, so it has a multiplicity of 2. 3 appears once, so it has a multiplicity of 1.

References

  1. Dickson, Leonard Eugene, Ph.D.. First Course in the Theory of Equations. New York, John Wiley and Sons Inc., 1922. (Accessed: 2009-12-18). http://www.gutenberg.org/files/29785/29785-pdf.pdf.
  2. multiplicity. http://wordnet.princeton.edu/. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08). http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=multiplicity&sub=Search+WordNet&o2=&o0=1&o7=&o5=&o1=1&o6=&o4=&o3=&h=.

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2009-12-18: Added revision (McAdams, David.)
2008-12-16: Initial version (McAdams, David.)

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