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  • n. An anticipatory response to expected changes in the environment of a system
  • v. To respond in advance


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feed +‎ forward. Formed by analogy with feedback.


  • There is a thin straw to clutch at, called feedforward in control theory.

    Without Delay

  • "feedforward" 2007, and of its adroit, sophisticated navigation of many similar themes: competition, the fierce but fragile male ego, the need to dominate but also to be accepted.

    NYT > Home Page

  • This activity of feedforward and feedback is integral to conscious experience.

    World Wide Mind

  • Chronic stress promotes palatable feeding, which reduces signs of stress: feedforward and feedback effects of chronic stress.

    Thea Singer: Stress and Addiction -- How to Cope

  • The global warming talks are very likely to disappoint half or more of the the planet's people who understand what is happening to our atmosphere ... largely because of human industrial activities ... and even more largely because of feedforward effects releasing methane (four times worse than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas) as northern permafrost areas thaw.

    Divergent Views on Copenhagen

  • These reports were recorded and summarized then fed back to the group -- feedback and feedforward.

    Rob Kall: Bottom Up Democracy at PDA, Top-Down at DNC

  • Without that understanding, feedforward is useless.

    Without Delay

  • Using feedforward, you attempt to compensate for feedback delays by anticipating the system response.

    Without Delay

  • But feedforward control is seriously limited by your understanding of the underlying system.

    Without Delay

  • In regulatory policy, science is the feedforward control signal.

    Archive 2008-06-01


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