generalization


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

generalization

 [jen″er-al-ĭ-za´shun]
the formation of a general principle or idea; inductive reasoning.
generalization of learning the application of previously learned concepts and behaviors to similar situations, a cognitive performance component of occupational therapy.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

gen·er·al·i·za·tion

(jen'ĕr-ăl-i-zā'shŭn),
1. Rendering or becoming general, diffuse, or widespread, as when a primarily local disease becomes systemic.
2. The reasoning by which a basic conclusion is reached, which applies to different items, each having some common factor.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

gen·er·al·i·za·tion

(jen'ĕr-ăl-ī-zā'shŭn)
1. Rendering or becoming general, diffuse, or widespread, as when a primarily local disease becomes systemic.
2. The reasoning by which a basic conclusion is reached, which applies to different items, each having some common factor.
3. Categorization that obscures differences between people or situations (e.g., age categories).
Synonym(s): generalisation.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
References in periodicals archive ?
Cooper, Heron, and Heward (2007) state that generalization is when a behavior occurs in a variety of environments with different people, or can even be used to bring about new behavioral responses.
One form of teaching and testing for generalization within a behavior analytic frame is to use gamification, a process defined as using game elements in non-gaming settings (Deterding et al., 2011) that has become widely used as a way to engage users and improve their experiences Hamari et al.
In this way, it was possible to obtain better generalization errors by changing the number of hidden neurons in each layer.
Age, gender, thymus abnormality, and associated autoimmune diseases, as well as prognosis including OMG relapse and second generalization were compared between different OMG groups.
Like humans, who share certain common traits, there are common generalizations that all cockers are intelligent, love to please their owners, trainable, great flush and retrieve dogs for hunters, lovers not fighters and merry.
The exact form of the generalization gradient is dependent, in part, on how well participants can distinguish among the various stimuli constituting the stimulus set.
"Preschoolers with more mature memory structures do not appear to form generalizations during sleep; however, naps appear to be necessary for retaining a generalization they form before a nap," she added.
Here we summarize the computational models for analogical matching, retrieval, and generalization that we use.
The need for such products is the reason behind the Kadaster's great interest in implementing automated generalization.
With the development of computer technology and the constant deepening of the GIS application technology, the traditional paper maps are gradually being replaced by digital maps [1, 2], while as a frontier and hot issue in cartography, cartographic generalization has also faced unprecedented changes [3].
If you have broad generalization, then you need to move the mouse just once, and there you are calibrated." And indeed, their studies found that Chinese migrant workers accustomed to using computers made broader generalizations when it comes to movement learning than a group of age- and education-matched migrant workers who had never used a computer before.