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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.
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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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Baseline was entered as a 0 s context duration for statistical analyses.
The radical change in the long-term trajectory has received less notice than it deserves; this reflects the more fundamental problem that many baselines--and perhaps long-term baselines especially--rely on unexamined assumptions.
Under current rules, the 1961-1990 baseline is set to be updated in 2021 with the data from 1991-2020.
The common baseline could be included in beyond code programs also such as LEED, Standard 789.7, and federal tax incentive programs.
For conventional spaceborne InSAR system, baseline can be estimated from satellite state vector [6], interferometry calibration (using Ground Control Points (GCPs) [7-9], coarse DEM data [10] or sea surface data [11]) or interferometric phase information [12,13].
Recommendation: To strengthen its baselines, facilitate external and independent reviews of those baselines, ensure effective oversight of the BMDS, and further improve transparency and accountability of its efforts, and to improve clarity, consistency, and completeness of the baselines reported to Congress, the Secretary of Defense should ensure that MDA, for schedule baselines, in meeting new statutory requirements to report on an acquisition baseline including a comprehensive schedule, include a comprehensive list of actual versus planned quantities of assets that are or were to be delivered each fiscal year.
The baseline for comparing mechanical system options should include the glazing and lighting upgrades.
Every product can show significant fluctuations on a weekly basis in the baseline volume without any change in retail pricing.
It indicates that the baselines which have an azimuth of about 140[degrees] have the largest errors.
This paper provides examples and reasons for using the multiple baseline with literacy research.
A secondary goal of this study was to estimate, independent of the reason for the anomalous baseline effect, how much this effect might have influenced measurement of the response values.