figure of merit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n figure of merit a numerical expression representing the efficiency of a given system, material, or procedure
    • ***

Usage

In literature:

His figures are clumsy and brutal and inharmonious in colour, but his landscapes have the merit of a robust simplicity of vision.
"The French Impressionists (1860-1900)" by Camille Mauclair
The chief merit of her figure lay in this particular, that she "bridled" well.
"Girlhood and Womanhood" by Sarah Tytler
A satisfactory figure of merit was obtained.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
But Uncle continued to tell me of the merits of his friend the maker of figure-heads.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
The Indians, with no advantages of their kind, will often carve figures on their pipes not destitute of design and merit.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
Of these attractive figures, who should first merit our consideration, if not the heroine of the poem?
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
The figure of merit of the plate was thus well in excess of 2.2.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
The figure of Julius Caesar is one that has stirred the human imagination out of all proportion to its merit or true importance.
"A Short History of the World" by H. G. Wells
His best picture is the Assumption, in the Museo, in which the figure of the Virgin has some merit.
"The Story of Seville" by Walter M. Gallichan
No object seemed to merit more ridicule and caricature than the conspicuous figure of the Auditor of State.
"Abraham Lincoln, Volume 1 (of 2) The True Story Of A Great Life" by William H. Herndon Jesse W. Weik
***

In news:

"This one company and its four hotels allegedly committed a staggering number of violations of the price-gouging law, and each separate violation merits a penalty of up to five figures," state Attorney General Jeffrey S Chiesa said.
***

In science:

This figure-of-merit has limited use, since real stars are neither monochromatic nor point-sources, nor can they be aligned perfectly with the optical axis.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
While, particularly for the case of gaseous tracking, the measurements tend to be distributed within a range of radii, the figure of merit h nonetheless provides a meaningful parameter with which to compare tracking technologies.
General Thoughts about Tracking for a Linear Collider Detector
X0 spaced by 20cm. This figure of merit is relevant for the tracking of lower-momentum particles, for which scattering begins to dominate the accuracy of the momentum determination.
General Thoughts about Tracking for a Linear Collider Detector
For presenting our results we use the DETF Figure of Merit (FoM: Albrecht et al. 2006) as the reciprocal of the square root of the determinant of the covariance matrix after marginalization to w0 , wa .
Reducing Zero-point Systematics in Dark Energy Supernova Experiments
Comparisons are made through the use of the dark energy Figure of Merit, which provides a quantifiable measure of the change in the quality of the scientific results that can be obtained in each scenario. Effects of systematic offsets between LSST and Euclid photometric calibration are also studied.
How Future Space-Based Weak Lensing Surveys Might Obtain Photometric Redshifts Independently
***