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Baseline

Anything used for comparison. For example, a company that wishes to determine whether its profits are increasing or decreasing may compare them to a previous year's profits. In this case, the previous year's profits are considered the base line. A baseline is also called a base. See also: Benchmark, Base currency.

baseline

East-west lines in the public land survey system, part of the baseline and meridian line components. Each principal meridian has a baseline. Properties in the principal meridian's area are described by their bearing east or west of the meridian and north or south of the baseline.

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Further recommendations include extending baseline data collection beyond a two-week period to provide more robust data, and perhaps presenting a more accurate representation of the patient's cannulation experience.
Identify the need to collect baseline data about this concern in order to a) determine whether or not the problem exists as initially identified, b) determine the difference between the client's current behavior and the environmental or consultee's expectations, and c) further hypothesize about possible reasons for the client's behavior (Kratochwill et al.
Each kind of medication requires different baseline data to be gathered before prescribing a drug, as well as different types of patient monitoring.
For baseline data, those households that reported more than 8 hours of heater use per night were classified as being in this "nighttime use" risk category.
This report describes preliminary surveillance data for 2004 and compares them with baseline data from the period 1996-1998.
Uniting conservation biologists, ecologists, and outdoor enthusiasts from Mexico to Panama (eight countries in all), the conference focused on the importance of baseline data in the region, the management of natural reserves, and the conservation of wetland areas.
With the goal of "reducing the tooling conversion time and/or double the rate of conversion in order to shut down the green sand molding system 18 months ahead of schedule," a map of the entire process for converting the patterns needed to be developed to establish the baseline data.
In addition, evaluation of new equipment technology is difficult without reliable baseline data.
The team then reviews the baseline data to find opportunities for part reductions and assembly simplifications.
Our baseline data, supplied through the PeopleSoft application, shows that the number of prospects has increased in the past year by more than 75 percent.
Gather baseline data to assist in assessing failure or improvement.
However, as yet there is little Australian baseline data available.

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