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sparse

 (spärs)
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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sparse

(spɑːs)
adj
scattered or scanty; not dense
[C18: from Latin sparsus, from spargere to scatter]
ˈsparsely adv
ˈsparseness, ˈsparsity n
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sparse


(spärs),
adj. spars•er, spars•est.
1. thinly scattered or distributed; not thick or dense.
2. scanty; meager.
[1715–25; < Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere to scatter, sparge]
sparse′ly, adv.
sparse′ness, spar′si•ty, n.
syn: See scanty.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sparse - not dense; "a thin beard"; "trees were sparse"
distributed - spread out or scattered about or divided up
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sparse

adjective scattered, scarce, meagre, sporadic, few and far between, scanty Many slopes are rock fields with sparse vegetation.
thick, lavish, dense, lush, plentiful, luxuriant, crowded, numerous
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sparse

adjective
Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent:
Slang: measly.
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Translations
مُتَفَرِّق، مُتَناثِر
řídký
sparsom
dreifîur, strjáll
retstrūcīgs

sparse

[spɑːs] ADJ (sparser (compar) (sparsest (superl))) (= thin) → escaso; (= dispersed) → disperso, esparcido; [hair] → ralo
sparse furnishingsmuebles mpl escasos
sparse populationpoca densidad f de población
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sparse

[ˈspɑːrs] adj [vegetation, hair, population] → clairsemé(e); [traffic] → peu abondant(e); [resources, information] → épars(e)
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sparse

adjspärlich; covering, vegetation alsodünn; hairdünn, schütter; furnishings, data, resourcesdürftig
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sparse

[spɑːs] adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) (vegetation, hair) → rado/a; (population) → scarso/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

sparse

(spaːs) adjective
thinly scattered. sparse vegetation.
ˈsparsely adverb
ˈsparseness noun
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References in periodicals archive ?
A cut that achieves the flux is called the minimum quotient separator and is related by a constant factor to the sparsest cut since
The link to sparsity can be made formal: Girosi (1998) proved that, loosely speaking, the sparsest representation (in a certain sense, see Girosi [1998]) is also the one with the best prediction and generalization abilities.
Other disappointments are the inadequate biographical notes appended to the end of the anthology, providing only the sparsest information (although the commercialized introduction fills in some of the holes), and the removal of the macrons.
Given our weather conditions, Scots breeds of cattle, sheep, and even pigs are renowned as do-gooders - animals that can survive and flourish in even the sparsest of conditions.
Finding the sparsest a that contains the fewest nonzero entries involves solving the following optimization problem:
Donoho, "For most large underdetermined systems of equations, the minimal lj -norm near-solution approximates the sparsest near-solution," Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics, vol.
L., "For most large underdetermined systems of linear equations the minimal Ll-nonn solution is also the sparsest solution," Communications on pure and applied mathematics, vol.
Jutten, "On the stable recovery of the sparsest overcomplete representations in presence of noise," IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol.
Lai, "Sparsest solutions of underdetermined linear systems via [l.sub.q]-minimization for 0 < q [less than or equal to] 1," Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis, vol.
Due to [l.sub.0]-norm, exact determination of sparsest representation Equation (2) proves to be an NP-hard problem [22, 23].
Welcomed by the sparsest of crowds, the five-piece were far from the top of their game but it was the atrocious sound that ruined their hour-long set.
The problem to find the sparsest null-space basis for a given matrix is NP-hard ([18, 12]).