variation

  

Definition

Inevitable change in the output or result of a system (process) because all systems vary over time. Two major types of variations are (1) Common, which is inherent in a system, and (2) Special, which is caused by changes in the circumstances or environment.

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  • The variation in eye color in the family line had gradually reverted to only brown pigment because of lack of inter-marrying outside of their ethnic persuasion.

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  • The scientists were hoping for some change in their data, but the results were always the same with no variations.

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  • Variation was expected when the freak weather occurred in the supposed controlled environment, resulting in a different outcome than was initially proposed.

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