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Meaning of SPARSE

Pronunciation:  spârs

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  not dense; "a thin beard"; "trees were sparse"

SPARSE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: distributed, thin



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sparse\, a. [Compar. {Sparser}; superl. {Sparsest}.] [L.
    sparsus, p. p. of spargere to strew, scatter. Cf. {Asperse},
    1. Thinly scattered; set or planted here and there; not being
       dense or close together; as, a sparse population.
    2. (Bot.) Placed irregularly and distantly; scattered; --
       applied to branches, leaves, peduncles, and the like.
  2. \Sparse\, v. t. [L. sparsus, p. p. of spargere to
    To scatter; to disperse. [Obs.] --Spenser.
Computing Dictionary

A sparse matrix (or vector, or array) is one in which most of the elements are zero. If storage space is more important than access speed, it may be preferable to store a sparse matrix as a list of (index, value) pairs or use some kind of hash scheme or associative memory.