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method

noun arrangement, blueprint, classification, consistency, course, course of action, custom, discipline, essablished order, fixed order, formula, habit, layout, logical order, manner, master plan, means, mode, modus, order, orderliness, orderly arrangement, orderly dispooition, organization, plan, practice, procedure, process, program of action, ratio, reduction to order, regular arrangement, regularity, regularity of action, routine, rule, scheme of arrangement, sequence, settled procedure, setup, system, tactic, technique, uniformity, via, way, working plan
Associated concepts: business methods, method of operaaions
See also: act, arrangement, array, avenue, behavior, campaign, channel, conduct, conduit, contrivance, course, custom, device, direction, disposition, expedient, facility, form, guide, instrumentality, key, manner, means, mode, modus operandi, opportunity, order, plan, policy, practice, procedure, process, regularity, rule, scheme, science, solution, strategy, style, system, technicality, technique, undertaking, usage

METHOD. The mode of operating or the means of attaining an object.
     2. It has been questioned whether the method of making a thing can be patented. But it has been considered that a method or mode may be the subject of a patent, because, when the object of two patents or effects to be produced is essentially the same, they may both be valid, if the modes of attaining the desired effect are essentially different. Dav. Pat. Cas. 290; 2 B. & Ald. 350; 2 H. Bl. 492; 8 T. R. 106; 4 Burr. 2397; Gods. on Pat. 85; Perpigna, Manuel des Inventeurs, &c., c. 1, sect. 5, Sec. 1, p. 22.

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The nearest neighbor method can be thought of as a two-step process.
Though the outcomes are sometimes difficult to explain to stakeholders, both cluster analysis and nearest neighbor methods have been proven to be useful.
Indeed, this lack of discreteness in the resulting peer groups illustrates the flexibility of the nearest neighbor method in individualizing the groups to a given reference medical center.
In this section, we will present our results of employing nearest neighbor method to predict the risk of a function with the help of metrics as predictors.
It was shown that the searching engine based on multivariate calibration and the nearest neighbor method (MultivarSearch) gave a 2 percent better recognition rate than the tree decision-based searching engine (TreeSearch).
Because of the variability of the spatial locations of the data set, the nearest neighbor method better bridges the gap between more distant observations without "over-smoothing" closer observations that have differing values.