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rank

(rank),
1. The ordinal position of an observation in the set of observations of which it is a member.
2. To order a set of observations according to their rank.
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[[lambda].sub.1] and [[lambda].sub.2] are the tuning parameters for sparsity and low rankness, respectively.
It should seem by this, as if the rankness and gross impropriety of the personal connection, the difference in age, features, colour, constitution, instead of being the obstacle, had been the motive of the refinement of her choice, and had, by beginning at the wrong end, subdued her to the amiable qualities of her lord.
Because of the rankness of the corn poppy, a more ornamental cultivar was developed.
Rankness has become a matter of mere metaphor in this soliloquy; Claudius's personification of his offense mimics the thing itself by detaching his flesh-and-blood body from the repercussions of his crime.
faint weedy rankness, listen at the lantana for a fairy wren piping
From the bath he said: "Words cannot describe the absolute rankness of the experience - the texture, the cold, the voyeurism - but somebody had to do it!" The stunt was sponsored and all proceeds will go to Kirkwood and Wakefield hospices.
The density of metaphors of rankness and the fact that "something is rotten in the state of Denmark" (1.4.65), with "things gross and rank in nature" (1.2.136), suggest that just as Polonius turned from consumer into flesh being consumed, the feasting country can also easily become a dish being served.