Parameter FAQs:

Q: Is a parameter an element of a system that is useful, or critical, when evaluating the identity of a system?

A: Yes, or, when evaluating the performance, status, condition, etc.

Q: Are parameters present?

A: Yes, and the definition actually defines a whole family of functions, one for every valid set of values of the parameters.

Q: Is a parameter often considered?

A: Yes.

Q: Are parameters those combinations of the properties which suffice to determine the response of the system?

A: Yes.

Q: Are parameters dimensionless?

A: Yes, or have the dimension of time or its reciprocal.

Q: Are parameters considered "fixed but unknown"?

A: Yes, but in Bayesian estimation they are treated as random variables, and their uncertainty is described as a distribution.

Q: Are parameters not listed among the arguments that the function takes?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a parameter used to describe a discrete chemical or microbiological entity which can be assigned a value which is commonly a concentration?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a parameter defined as "a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program"?

A: Yes, For example, the name of a file, , is passed to a computer program, which then performs a specific function; that is, a program may be passed the name of a file on which it will perform the specific function.

Q: Is a parameter commonly used?

A: Yes, and are referred to as parameters and arguments—or more formally as a formal parameter and an actual parameter.

Q: Is a parameter not?

A: Yes.