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Overview page. Subjects: Sociology — Literature.

Although the use of the concepts of function and functionalism is usually associated with the work of Talcott Parsons in modern sociology, there is a long tradition of functional...

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Functions

David P. Feldman.

in Chaos and Fractals

August 2012; p ublished online December 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Mathematical and Statistical Physics. 2517 words.

This chapter focuses on function, the most basic way of mathematically representing a relationship. In mathematics, a function represents a dependence. The chapter discusses several...

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function

Alexander D. Oliver.

in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy

January 2005; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Philosophy. 145 words.

A function takes objects (‘arguments’) and maps them on to objects (‘values’). For example, the addition function defined

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Function

Derek Robinson.

in Software Studies

April 2008; p ublished online August 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Media Studies. 3790 words.

This chapter examines the concept of function in software studies, which is called functional programming. This concept involves mathematical parameters like “plus,” “square root,” and...

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Function

Gerd Kempermann.

in Adult Neurogenesis 2

December 2010; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Disorders of the Nervous System. 23581 words.

Adult neurogenesis contributes to brain function by supplying a particular type of plasticity. In the hippocampus this function is tied to the particular function of the dentate gyrus and...

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Functioning

Eric J. Cassell.

in The Nature of Healing

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palliative Medicine. 14586 words.

Human functioning is the overriding, all encompassing activity that includes the entire range from the cellular to the spiritual. It is never entirely still or absent except in death. To...

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Functioning

J. Donald Boudreau, Eric J. Cassell and Abraham Fuks.

in Physicianship and the Rebirth of Medical Education

April 2018; p ublished online March 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology. 4389 words.

Sickness is defined as follows: The inability of individuals to pursue their goals and purposes because of impairments in functioning. Functional impairment may occur at any...

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function

Elizabeth Martin.

in The New Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 13 words.

Maths.

Symbol: f  Function of x is written f(x). See also mathematical symbols.

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Function

Douglas W. Morris and Per Lundberg.

in Pillars of Evolution

July 2011; p ublished online December 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology. 13250 words.

Interactions between the environment, traits, and their constituent genes demonstrate that it is impossible to predict evolutionary change in anything but the simplest environments. Even...

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function

Overview page. Subjects: Media Studies.

1. A generic application for which some tool or medium is primarily designed, or which is attributed to it within a functionalist framework, as distinct from the specific...

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function

in A Dictionary of Physics

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Physics. 57 words.

Any operation or procedure that relates one variable to one or more other variables. If y is a function of

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