Argument vs. Parameter

Argument vs. Parameter — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Argument and Parameter

Argumentnoun

A discussion in which the parties involved express disagreement with one another; a debate

philosophical arguments over the nature of existence.

Parameternoun

A constant in an equation that varies in other equations of the same general form, especially such a constant in the equation of a curve or surface that can be varied to represent a family of curves or surfaces.

Argumentnoun

An angry discussion involving disagreement among the participants; a quarrel

The roommates had an argument about whose turn it was to wash the dishes.

Parameternoun

One of a set of independent variables that express the coordinates of a point.

Argumentnoun

(Archaic) A reason or matter for dispute or contention

"sheath'd their swords for lack of argument" (Shakespeare).

Parameternoun

One of a set of measurable factors, such as temperature and pressure, that define a system and determine its behavior and are varied in an experiment.

Argumentnoun

A course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating truth or falsehood

presented a strong argument for the arts in education.

Parameternoun

Usage Problem A factor that restricts what is possible or what results

"all the parameters of shelter—where people will live, what mode of housing they will choose, and how they will pay for it" (New York).

Argumentnoun

A fact or statement put forth as proof or evidence; a reason

The current low mortgage rates are an argument for buying a house now.

Parameternoun

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

an experimental school that keeps expanding the parameters of its curriculum.

Argumentnoun

A set of statements in which one follows logically as a conclusion from the others.

Parameternoun

(Statistics) A quantity, such as a mean, that is calculated from data and describes a population.

Argumentnoun

A summary or short statement of the plot or subject of a literary work.

Parameternoun

Usage Problem A distinguishing characteristic or feature.

Argumentnoun

A topic; a subject

"You and love are still my argument" (Shakespeare).

Parameternoun

A value kept constant during an experiment, equation, calculation or similar, but varied over other versions of the experiment, equation, calculation, etc.

Argumentnoun

(Logic) The minor premise in a syllogism.

Parameternoun

(sciences) a variable that describes some system (material, object, event etc.) or some aspect thereof

Argumentnoun

The independent variable of a function.

Parameternoun

(programming) An input variable of a procedure definition, that gets an actual value (argument) at execution time (formal parameter).

Roughly, a tuple of arguments could be thought of as a vector, whereas a tuple of parameters could be thought of as a covector (i.e., linear functional). When a function is called, a parameter tuple becomes "bound" to an argument tuple, allowing the function instance itself to be computed to yield a return value. This would be roughly analogous to applying a covector to a vector (by taking their dot product (or, rather, matrix-product of row vector and column vector)) to obtain a scalar.

Argumentnoun

The angle of a complex number measured from the positive horizontal axis.

Parameternoun

(programming) An actual value given to such a formal parameter (argument or actual parameter).

Argumentnoun

(Computers) A value used to evaluate a procedure or subroutine.

Parameternoun

A characteristic or feature that distinguishes something from others.

Argumentnoun

(Linguistics) A word, phrase, or clause in a semantic relation with a word or phrase and that helps complete the meaning of that word or phrase, such as a noun phrase that is the object of a verb. The clause that we go is an argument of the verb suggest in the sentence I suggest that we go.

Parameternoun

(geometry) In the ellipse and hyperbola, a third proportional to any diameter and its conjugate, or in the parabola, to any abscissa and the corresponding ordinate.

The parameter of the principal axis of a conic section is called the latus rectum.

Argumentnoun

A fact or statement used to support a proposition; a reason.

Parameternoun

(crystallography) The ratio of the three crystallographic axes which determines the position of any plane.

Argumentnoun

A verbal dispute; a quarrel.

Parameternoun

(crystallography) The fundamental axial ratio for a given species.

Argumentnoun

A process of reasoning.

Parameternoun

a constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied to yield a family of similar curves

Argumentnoun

A series of propositions organized so that the final proposition is a conclusion which is intended to follow logically from the preceding propositions, which function as premises.

Parameternoun

any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance

Argumentnoun

(mathematics) The independent variable of a function.

Parameternoun

a quantity (such as the mean or variance) that characterizes a statistical population and that can be estimated by calculations from sample data

Argumentnoun

(mathematics) The phase of a complex number.

Argumentnoun

(programming) A value, or reference to a value, passed to a function.

Parameters are like labeled fillable blanks used to define a function whereas arguments are passed to a function when calling it, filling in those blanks.

Argumentnoun

(programming) A parameter in a function definition; an actual parameter, as opposed to a formal parameter.

Argumentnoun

(linguistics) Any of the phrases that bears a syntactic connection to the verb of a clause.

Argumentnoun

(astronomy) The quantity on which another quantity in a table depends.

The altitude is the argument of the refraction.

Argumentnoun

The subject matter of a discourse, writing, or artistic representation; theme or topic; also, an abstract or summary, as of the contents of a book, chapter, poem.

Argumentnoun

Matter for question; business in hand.

Argumentverb

To put forward as an argument; to argue.

Argumentnoun

a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true;

it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true

Argumentnoun

a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement;

they were involved in a violent argument

Argumentnoun

a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal;

the argument over foreign aid goes on and on

Argumentnoun

a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie;

the editor added the argument to the poem

Argumentnoun

a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable