Definitions

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  • n. The property of being sparse, sparseness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being sparse or scattered about; freedom from closeness or compactness; relative fewness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being scanty or scattered; lacking denseness

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Examples

  • The goal is to seek what's called sparsity, a measure of image simplicity.

    Slashdot

  • The House voted 55-15 to pass SB88, which continues so-called sparsity aid.

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  • The Barnett Formula takes no account of the amounts raised by taxation in each of the home nations, nor the relevant 'fiscal need' based on factors such as sparsity of population, cost of travel, unemployment rates, and health factors in each "province".

    Doh! Dimwittery: Game Over For Barnett Formula?

  • Of course you can always say that the picture isn't nearly complete it would take a large team and tons of money to investigate anything close to all of the Earth´s languages even for a single feature, but both in terms of topics and languages covered, I don't think "sparsity" is a valid characterization.

    languagehat.com: WORLD ATLAS OF LANGUAGE STRUCTURES.

  • This is due both to the sparsity of the data (quarterly data do not give us the luxury of many observations that micro panels provide) and to the flexibility of DSGE models in generating similar behavior with relatively different combination of parameter values (every time you see a sensitivity analysis claiming that the results of the paper are robust to changes in parameter values, think about flat likelihoods). and another:

    The best paper I read this month

  • "Another way of looking at it is to suggest that it resembles other post-industrial areas of the UK such as South Yorkshire and Merseyside, or areas with a mix of sparsity and post-industry, such as Cornwall."

    The £6bn lie

  • Another way of looking at it is to suggest that it resembles other post-industrial areas of the UK such as South Yorkshire and Merseyside, or areas with a mix of sparsity and post-industry, such as Cornwall.

    The £6bn lie

  • SIR LAWRENCE FREEDMAN: Again, we have heard that the intelligence estimates used the words ‘sporadic and patchy’, they definitely referred to the sparsity of good intelligence on Iraq.

    'Going to war on an assumption'

  • Often, I see a lack of skill with telling in fiction manifest as a sense of disconnection between scenes or the main story and subplots, or in books that closely resemble screenplays in sparsity of detail and brevity of scene.

    Wednesday Hangovers

  • Because of the sparsity of direct observations, even the temperature climatology in the Arctic is imperfectly known.

    Simulation of observed arctic climate with the ACIA designated models

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