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 n. the act of formalizing something
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 n. the act of making formal (as by stating formal rules governing classes of expressions)
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The increased role of mathematical formalization is also strongly reflected in the awards, important examples being the Prizes to Samuelson, Hicks, Arrow, Koopmans, Kantorovich, Debreu, Allais, as well as the Laureates in mechanism design, financial economics and game theory.
The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 19692006

I'm sure some mathematical physicists would like to think that formalization is going out of fashion, but that's certainly not the trend from where I sit.
Memetic Suicide, Bryan Caplan  EconLog  Library of Economics and Liberty

Formalization obtains inhuman, machinelike powers of iterability in these de Manian readings, and formalization is all the more dangerous when it has been aestheticized and thereby rendered, fallaciously, a property of the
Professing Literature: John Guillory's Misreading of Paul de Man

Detlefsen's other argument against the common interpretation of GÃ¶del's second theorem focuses on the notion of formalization: That the particular formalization of “T is consistent” by GÃ¶del's formula

And so here, at the risk of being accused of contradiction, we wish to reintroduce the notion of formalization.

A metatheory of science requires a kind of formalization different from that already employed by scientific theories themselves.

What emerged from his hut in the Black Forest was not the independent verification of the New Testament that Bultmann's apologetic project required; rather, Being and Time was a sort of translation or "formalization" of the Pauline vision.

One important reason for the successes of modern logic is its use of what has been called "formalization".

He proposed a radical "formalization" of mathematics; all mathematical signs would be drained of meaning in order to avoid such confusions as arose in geometry.

Pro bono Director David Lash, of counsel at the Los Angelesbased firm, credits the increase to the "formalization" of the firm's pro bono program.
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