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A group of securities, assets or anything else with similar characteristics. One may consider, for example, a universe of stocks in the same industry. Universes are useful when comparing one data point to others in order to maintain control over systematic factors.
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In the world of investments, the word universe refers to a specific group or category of investments that share certain characteristics.

A universe might be the stocks that are included in a particular index, the stocks evaluated by a particular analytical service, or all the stocks in a particular industry.

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The CLP data from industrial context (context 3) was then retrieved from collected data and had values of universe of discourse U = [0.03,8.66] and the mean CLP was 2.69 [m.sup.3]/MH, with standard deviation of 1.83.
Let [[??].sub.i] = ([[a.sub.i], [b.sub.i], [c.sub.i], [d.sub.i]]; [[mu].sub.i], [v.sub.i]) (i = 1, 2, ..., n) and [[??]'.sub.i] = ([[a'.sub.i], [b'.sub.i], [c'.sub.i], [d'.sub.i]]; [[mu] '.sub.i], [v'.sub.i]) (i = 1,2, ..., n) be two sets of intuitionistic trapezoidal fuzzy numbers; [mu] is the fuzzy measure in the universe of discourse X = {[x.sub.1], [x.sub.2, ..., [x.sub.n]}.
4) It is obvious from the above definition of the extension (n - D)-distance between a point P in the universe of discourse and the extension (n -D)-set S that:
Even in "Becky", the alternate, female universe of discourse is intact.
Define the universe of discourse of all the technical indicators and close price.
I follow Payne and Huddleston (2002: 399) in defining a referential NP as one which refers to "some independently distinguishable entity, or set of entities" in the universe of discourse, where "independently distinguishable" means "distinguishable by properties other than those inherent in the meaning of the expression itself." Nonreferential uses of nominal expressions, I propose, fall into three major groups.
The job of corporate media is to make the universe of discourse safe for corporate America, telling us what to think about the world before we have a chance to think about it for ourselves.
The semantics reduces to an assignment function that assigns a set, the universe of discourse, to the rectangle of a given diagram and subsets of it to the closed curves drawn inside the rectangle.
The issues of narratology are handled formalistically, which means that the world of fiction is kept separate from any other, in the spirit that 'possible worlds allow us to see the fictional world as a universe of discourse constructing its own world of referents' (p.
The two classes, A and B, exhaust the universe of discourse: 'each excludes the other and there is no third possibility'(1980:241).
In other words, what is really being assumed is that the values of x comprise the universe of discourse of [LM.sub.1] and the values of y comprise the universe of discourse of [LM.sub.2].
Tout-Monde develops in space and over time like a rhizomous plant with global aspirations: not hegemonic, not totalitarian (those are the implications of "roots" thinking, which posits an identity analogous to a taproot), but eager to establish relations of the most disparate sort (nodal may be the best way to represent them while hewing to the botanical universe of discourse).