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adj. spars·er, spars·est
Occurring, growing, or settled at widely spaced intervals; not thick or dense.

[Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere, to scatter.]

sparse′ly adv.
sparse′ness, spar′si·ty (spär′sĭ-tē) n.
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Noun1.sparsity - the property of being scanty or scattered; lacking denseness
exiguity, leanness, meagerness, meagreness, scantiness, scantness, poorness - the quality of being meager; "an exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes"-George Eliot
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In his letter, Coun Phillips said: "Shropshire is now England's smallest county in terms of population and has high expenses because of its rurality and sparsity.
Hoddle insisted the sparsity of signings was down to the squad he inherited as they have made it hard for him to find players to bring in who would be better'You've got have your standards and perhaps I'm a bit fussy,' he said.
Monty also compared the sparsity of British and European Open winners in recent years to the fortunes of Leeds United.
There is however a sparsity of research dealing with the participation of homeschoolers in school counseling programs.
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Governor Walker also expressed his support for proposed legislation increasing Sparsity Aid and providing a low revenue adjustment for certain districts, authored by State Representative John Nygren (RMarinette) and Senator Howard Marklein (RSpring Green).
The story is followed by the story of Helen (in greyscale)--a refugee who made it to England, with the sparsity of her own words expressing the horror of the journey more than any huge explanation could.
The core plan of this project is to recover the novel recommendation model in order to reduce the data sparsity and cold start problems and their degradation of recommendation performance, improving the data utility by neighborhood sharing maintaining the security and privacy concerns.
What then, is the role of the evidence-based natural therapist, with a sparsity of research to support clinical decisions, in a complex multisystemic health condition?
S] imposes a sparsity constraint, which allows the autoencoder to discover interesting features in the hidden layer