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The principle of linguistic relativity holds that the structure of a language affects the ways in which its speakers conceptualize their world, i.e. their world view , or otherwise influences their cognitive processes . Popularly known as the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis , or Whorfianism , the principle is often defined as having two versions: (i) the strong version that language determines thought and that linguistic categories limit and determine cognitive categories and (ii) the weak version that linguistic categories and usage influence thought and certain kinds of non-linguistic behaviour.
The first four partial sums of the Fourier series for a square wave In mathematics , a Fourier series decomposes periodic functions or periodic signals into the sum of a (possibly infinite) set of simple oscillating functions, namely sines and cosines (or complex exponentials ).
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The above map of the world, drawn by Facebook data structuring intern using connections between 10 million Facebook friends ( full-size link ), is interesting enough in itself until you realize that all of the country borders are entirely drawn using Facebook friend connections too. Even if the world was dark and totally unmapped, Facebook could produce a remarkably good approximation of most of its continents’ boundaries, and even the borders of some countries. It still took some clever math.