Meaning of SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO in English

SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO

transcription, транскрипция: [ [from analog electronics] n. ]

Used by hackers in a generalization of its technical meaning. `Signal' refers to useful information conveyed by some communications medium, and `noise' to anything else on that medium. Hence a low ratio implies that it is not worth paying attention to the medium in question. Figures for such metaphorical ratios are never given. The term is most often applied to Usenet newsgroups during flame war s. Compare bandwidth . See also coefficient of X , lost in the noise .

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