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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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After you have established your baseline data and tracked your extruder performance over time, it is important to set a target range for optimal performance.
Baseline Data Systems is located in Torrance, California, just 20 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Infection rates from the baseline data were not included in this study, suggesting that there were no reported infections with rope-ladder cannulation.
When presenting both baseline and treatment data, data from the treatment phase is presented to the right of the baseline data to indicate that it occurred following baseline data collection.
It includes recommendations regarding a procedure for determining competence to consent to a medication, as well as a discussion of examples of the type of baseline data and monitoring required for appropriate medication management.
* establishing baseline data (on C[O.sub.2] emissions and vulnerability to climate impacts);
I compared baseline data the ESDC was reporting against city data for the area along Park Avenue and they were under-reporting [traffic]," Ketcham said.
In this study, investigators used baseline data from 49 MS subjects participating in a clinical trial to evaluate the correlation of the PDQ with two cognitive impairment measures (Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test and California Verbal Learning Test, 2nd edition) and with a depression measure (Beck Depression Inventory-Amended).
The project will provide baseline data for use in the eventual qualification of Pb-free solder in high reliability systems.
The Web site has the latest FoodNet Highlight, "Preliminary FoodNet Data on the Incidence of Infection with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly Through Food--10 Sites, United States, 2004." This report describes preliminary surveillance data for 2004 and compares them with baseline data from the period 1996-1998.
Certainly, it does not appear that there was a scarcity of baseline data from which to draw.
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.

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