degrees of freedom



  • plural noun the number of variables in a set that are free to vary independently of each other


  • The manners in which a system or component can move in space.
  • The manners in which a robotic manipulator or its components can move. A robotic manipulator with six degrees of freedom would have three in the arm and three in the wrist: vertical movement, radial traverse, rotational traverse, wrist pitch, wrist roll, and wrist yaw. Also called robot degrees of freedom.
  • acronymDOF

Health Economics

  • (written as Degrees of Freedom)
    In estimation, the sample size minus the number of parameters to be estimated.