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Factor

A financial institution that buys a firm's accounts receivable and collects the accounts.
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Factor

A third party that buys a firm's accounts receivable. If a firm is not confident in its ability to collect on its credit sales, it may sell the right to receive payment to the factor at a discount. The factor then assumes the credit risk associated with the accounts receivable. This provides the firm immediate access to working capital, which is important, especially if the firm has a cash flow problem. The price of factoring is determined by the creditworthiness of the firm's customer, not of the firm itself. It is also known as accounts receivable financing.
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factor

A firm that purchases accounts receivable from another firm at a discount. The purchasing firm then attempts to collect the receivables.

factor

To sell accounts receivable to another party at a discount from face value. Thus, a firm in need of cash to pay down short-term debt may decide to factor its accounts receivable to another firm.
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factor

  1. a firm that purchases TRADE DEBTS from client firms. See FACTORING.
  2. a firm that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. an input (for example raw material, labour, capital) which is used to produce a good or provide a service.
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factor

  1. 1a FACTOR INPUT that is used in production (see NATURAL RESOURCES, LABOUR, CAPITAL).
  2. a business that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. a business that buys trade debts from client firms (at some agreed price below the nominal value of the debts) and then arranges to recover them for itself. See FACTOR MARKET, FACTORING.
Collins Dictionary of Economics, 4th ed. © C. Pass, B. Lowes, L. Davies 2005
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Table 1 summarizes the bit rates, symbol rates, and spreading factors for these channels.
Figure 6 illustrates that the performance of two receiving antennas' diversity system improves with higher values of spreading factor. On comparing this result with Figure 3, we can observe that the performance of system with 10 users with higher spreading factor, that is, 300, is equivalent to performance of the system with monouser with lower spreading factor value, that is, 50.
Caption: FIGURE 6: Simulated BER comparison of different values of spreading factor (SF) for 10 users and pilot for two receiving antennas' diversity in chaos based CDMA system for added pilot-data case, [f.sub.d][T.sub.s] = 0.1.
When dealing with more than one set of orthogonal codes (more than one spreading factor), special case 2 must be applied.
In other words, the code domain of the composite signal has been represented using codes from only one orthogonal set, in this case spreading factor [2.sup.6] or 64.
Seven sets of spreading codes are specified, one set for each spreading factor (4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 or 256).
* When more than one DPDCH is to be transmitted (because of high data rates), all DPDCHs have spreading factors equal to 4.
We modelled an optimization problem to maximize the EE by finding the near optimal set of spreading factors while protecting UEs' QoS requirement and SINR.