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Definitions

  • Right and Wrong Ways of Perpendicular Chiseling
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj right precisely accurate "a veracious account"
    • adj right appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs "everything in its proper place","the right man for the job","she is not suitable for the position"
    • adj right free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth "the correct answer","the correct version","the right answer","took the right road","the right decision"
    • adj right correct in opinion or judgment "time proved him right"
    • adj right most suitable or right for a particular purpose "a good time to plant tomatoes","the right time to act","the time is ripe for great sociological changes"
    • adj right (of the side of cloth or clothing) facing or intended to face outward "the right side of the cloth showed the pattern","be sure your shirt is right side out"
    • adj right having the axis perpendicular to the base "a right angle"
    • adj right socially right or correct "it isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye","correct behavior"
    • adj right in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure "what's the right word for this?","the right way to open oysters"
    • adj right intended for the right hand "a right-hand glove"
    • adj right of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
    • adj right being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north "my right hand","right center field","a right-hand turn","the right bank of a river is the bank on your right side when you are facing downstream"
    • adj right in conformance with justice or law or morality "do the right thing and confess"
    • adj right in or into a satisfactory condition "things are right again now","put things right"
    • adv right (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree "the baby is mighty cute","he's mighty tired","it is powerful humid","that boy is powerful big now","they have a right nice place","they rejoiced mightily"
    • adv right exactly "he fell flop on his face"
    • adv right immediately "she called right after dinner"
    • adv right an interjection expressing agreement
    • adv right in the right manner "please do your job properly!","can't you carry me decent?"
    • adv right in an accurate manner "the flower had been correctly depicted by his son","he guessed right"
    • adv right precisely, exactly "stand right here!"
    • adv right completely "she felt right at home","he fell right into the trap"
    • adv right in accordance with moral or social standards "that serves him right","do right by him"
    • adv right toward or on the right; also used figuratively "he looked right and left","the party has moved right"
    • v right make right or correct "Correct the mistakes","rectify the calculation"
    • v right regain an upright or proper position "The capsized boat righted again"
    • v right put in or restore to an upright position "They righted the sailboat that had capsized"
    • v right make reparations or amends for "right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust"
    • n right a turn toward the side of the body that is on the south when the person is facing east "take a right at the corner"
    • n right the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
    • n right anything in accord with principles of justice "he feels he is in the right","the rightfulness of his claim"
    • n right an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature; it is something that nobody can take away" "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights","Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people"- Eleanor Roosevelt","a right is not something that somebody gives you"
    • n right the hand that is on the right side of the body "he writes with his right hand but pitches with his left","hit him with quick rights to the body"
    • n right those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
    • n right location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east "he stood on the right"
    • n right (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing "mineral rights","film rights"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

MIGHT IS RIGHT MIGHT IS RIGHT
A Cossack Rode Right up to Him and Lashed Him over The Back 258 A Cossack Rode Right up to Him and Lashed Him over The Back 258
Showing portico on the left and rotunda on the right Showing portico on the left and rotunda on the right
If you'll believe me, Christopher Columbus Allen walked right into our kitchen If you'll believe me, Christopher Columbus Allen walked right into our kitchen
"They denied the right of suffrage to wimmen and give it to the Injuns." "They denied the right of suffrage to wimmen and give it to the Injuns."
"If Uncle Sam could have me right by him to tell him the reason." "If Uncle Sam could have me right by him to tell him the reason."
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: India has a Bill of Rights for cows
    • Right A just judgment or action; that which is true or proper; justice; uprightness; integrity.
    • Right A true statement; freedom from error of falsehood; adherence to truth or fact.
    • Right According to any rule of art; correctly. "You with strict discipline instructed right ."
    • Right According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really; correctly; exactly; as, to tell a story right . "Right at mine own cost.""Right as it were a steed of Lumbardye.""His wounds so smarted that he slept right naught."
    • Right According to the law or will of God; conforming to the standard of truth and justice; righteously; as, to live right; to judge right.
    • Right According with truth; passing a true judgment; conforming to fact or intent; not mistaken or wrong; not erroneous; correct; as, this is the right faith. "You are right, Justice, and you weigh this well.""If there be no prospect beyond the grave, the inference is . . . right, “Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die.”"
    • Right Characterized by reality or genuineness; real; actual; not spurious. "His right wife.""In this battle, . . . the Britons never more plainly manifested themselves to be right barbarians."
    • Right Conformed to the constitution of man and the will of God, or to justice and equity; not deviating from the true and just; according with truth and duty; just; true. "That which is conformable to the Supreme Rule is absolutely right, and is called right simply without relation to a special end."
    • Right Designed to be placed or worn outward; as, the right side of a piece of cloth. "“ Right, ” cries his lordship."
    • Right Exactly; just. "Stand you directly in Antonius' way.""Came he right now to sing a raven's note?"
    • Right Fit; suitable; proper; correct; becoming; as, the right man in the right place; the right way from London to Oxford.
    • Right (Naut) Hence, to regain an upright position, as a ship or boat, after careening.
    • Right In a great degree; very; wholly; unqualifiedly; extremely; highly; as, right humble; right noble; right valiant. "He was not right fat""For which I should be right sorry.""I] return those duties back as are right fit."
    • Right In a right manner.
    • Right In a right or straight line; directly; hence; straightway; immediately; next; as, he stood right before me; it went right to the mark; he came right out; he followed right after the guide. "Unto Dian's temple goeth she right .""Let thine eyes look right on.""Right across its track there lay,
      Down in the water, a long reef of gold."
    • Right In some legislative bodies of Europe (as in France), those members collectively who are conservatives or monarchists. See Center, 5.
    • Right Most favorable or convenient; fortunate. "The lady has been disappointed on the right side."
    • Right Of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action is usually stronger than on the other side; -- opposed to left when used in reference to a part of the body; as, the right side, hand, arm. Also applied to the corresponding side of the lower animals. "Became the sovereign's favorite, his right hand."
    • Right Privilege or immunity granted by authority.
    • Right Straight; direct; not crooked; as, a right line. "Right as any line."
    • Right That to which one has a just claim.
    • Right That which is right or correct.
    • Right That which justly belongs to one; that which one has a claim to possess or own; the interest or share which anyone has in a piece of property; title; claim; interest; ownership.
    • Right That which one has a legal or social claim to do or to exact; legal power; authority; as, a sheriff has a right to arrest a criminal.
    • Right That which one has a natural claim to exact.
    • Right The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of cloth, a carpet, etc.
    • Right The right side; the side opposite to the left. "Led her to the Souldan's right ."
    • Right The straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt, -- the opposite of moral wrong.
    • Right To bring or restore to the proper or natural position; to set upright; to make right or straight (that which has been wrong or crooked); to correct.
    • Right To do justice to; to relieve from wrong; to restore rights to; to assert or regain the rights of; as, to right the oppressed; to right one's self; also, to vindicate. "So just is God, to right the innocent.""All experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."
    • Right To recover the proper or natural condition or position; to become upright.
    • Right Upright; erect from a base; having an upright axis; not oblique; as, right ascension; a right pyramid or cone.
    • Right Well placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well regulated; correctly done.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Your right lung takes in more air than your left one does
    • right Straight; direct; being the shortest course; keeping one direction throughout: as, a right line.
    • right In conformity with the moral law; permitted by the principle which ought to regulate conduct; in accordance with truth, justice, duty, or the will of God; ethically good; equitable; just.
    • right Acting in accordance with the highest moral standard; upright in conduct; righteous; free from guilt or blame.
    • right Rightful; due; proper; fitting; suitable.
    • right Hence Most convenient, desirable, or favorable; conforming to one's wish or desire; to be preferred; fortunate; lucky.
    • right True; actual; real; genuine.
    • right Precise; exact; very. Compare right, adv., 5.
    • right In conformity with truth or fact or reason; correct; not erroneous.
    • right Recognizing or stating truth; correct in judgment or opinion.
    • right Properly done, made, placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well-regulated; well-performed; correct: as, the sum is not right; the drawing is not right.
    • right In good health or spirits; well in body or mind; in good condition; comfortable.
    • right Most finished, ornamental, or elaborate; most important: chief; front: as, the right side of a piece of cloth.
    • right Belonging to or located upon that side which, with reference to the human body, is on the east when the face is toward the north; dexter or dextral: as, the right arm; the right cheek: opposed to left.
    • right Formed by or with reference to a line drawn to another line or surface by the shortest course: as, a right angle; a right cone; right ascension.
    • right Synonyms and Upright, honest, lawful, rightful.
    • right Correct, meet, appropriate.
    • n right Rightness; conformity to an authoritative standard; obedience to or harmony with the rules of morality, justice, truth, reason, propriety, etc.; especially, moral rightness; justice; integrity; righteousness: opposed to wrong.
    • n right That which is right, or conforms to rule.
    • n right Right conduct; a just and good act, or course of action; anything which justly may or should be done.
    • n right The person, party, or cause which is sustained by justice.
    • n right That which accords with truth, fact, or reason; the truth.
    • n right A just claim or title; a power or privilege whereby one may be, do, receive, or enjoy something; an authoritative title, whether arising through custom, courtesy, reason, humanity, or morality, or conceded by law.
    • n right In law, that which any one is entitled to have, or to do, or to require from others, within the limits prescribed by law (Kent); any legal consequence which any person, natural or artificial, is entitled to insist attaches to a given state of facts; the power recognized by law in a person by virtue of which another or others are bound to do or forbear toward or in regard of him or his interests; a legally protectable interest. ; . In this sense things possess no rights; but every person has some rights irrespective of power to act or to compel the acts of others, as, for instance, an idiot, etc.; and even the obligations of persons in being, in view of the possibility of the future existence of one not yet in being, are the subject of what are termed contingent rights. In this general meaning of right are included— the just claim of one to whom another owes a duty to have that duty performed
    • n right That which is due by just claim; a rightful portion; one's due or deserts.
    • n right A fee required; a charge.
    • n right The outward, front, or most finished surface of anything: as, the right of a piece of cloth, a coin, etc: opposed to the reverse.
    • n right The right side; the side or direction opposite to the left.
    • n right Anything, usually one member of a pair, shaped or otherwise adapted for a right-hand position or use.
    • n right [capitalized] In the politics of continental Europe, the conservative party: so named from their customary position on the right of the president in the legislative assembly.
    • n right By authorization; by reason or virtue; because: followed by of. Also in right.
    • n right Correct; not deceived or mistaken as to the truth of a matter.
    • n right To pledge one in a toast. [Compare the French phrase faire raison a.]
    • n right To have good reason or cause.
    • n right Hence— To come near; have a narrow escape from: as, I'd a good right to be run over by a runaway horse this morning; I had a right to get lost going through the woods. [Colloq. and local.]
    • n right In the right or proper order; properly; fittingly: now rarely used except with the verbs put and set: as, to put a room to rights (see above).
    • n right Synonyms and Equity, Law, etc. See justice.
    • n right Prerogative.
    • right In a right or straight line; straight; directly.
    • right In a right manner; justly; according to the law or will of God, or to the standard of truth and justice; righteously.
    • right In a proper, suitable, or desirable manner; according to rule, requirement, or desire; in order and to the purpose; properly; well; successfully.
    • right According to fact or truth; truly; correctly; not erroneously.
    • right Exactly; precisely; completely; quite; just: as, right here; right now; to speak right out.
    • right In a great degree; very: used specifically in certain titles: as, right reverend; right honorable.
    • right Toward the right hand; to the right; dextrad.
    • right To set straight or upright; restore to the normal or proper position.
    • right To set right; adjust or correct, as something out of the proper order or state; make right.
    • right To do justice to; relieve from wrong; vindicate: often used reflexively.
    • right To direct; address.
    • right To resume an upright or vertical position: as, the ship righted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first state to give the right to women to vote was Wyoming
    • adj Right rīt straight: most direct: upright: erect: according to truth and justice: according to law: true: correct: just: fit: proper: exact: most convenient: well performed: most dexterous, as the hand: on the right-hand: on the right-hand of one looking towards the mouth of a river: righteous: duly genuine: correct in judgment: equitable: not crooked: to be preferred: precise: in good health: denoting the side designed to go outward, as cloth: opposed to left, as the right-hand:
    • adv Right rīt in a straight or direct line: in a right manner: according to truth and justice: correctly: very: in a great degree.
    • n Right rīt that which is right or correct: truth: justice: virtue: freedom from error: what one has a just claim to: privilege: property: the right side
    • adj Right chiefly relied on
    • adj Right rīt (math.) upright from a base: containing 90 degrees
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “There is a tendency for things to right themselves.”
  • La Lehaussee
    La Lehaussee
    “When all are wrong, everyone is right.”
  • Robert Schumann
    Robert Schumann
    “Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.”
  • Confucius
    Confucius
    “To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.”
  • Stephen Decatur
    Stephen Decatur
    “Our country right or wrong.”
  • Gerald G. Jampolsky
    Gerald G. Jampolsky
    “You can be right or you can be happy.”

Idioms

Dead right - This means that something or someone is absolutely correct, without doubt.
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Even a broken clock is right twice a day - This is used when people get lucky and are undeservedly successful.('Even a stopped clock is right twice a day' is also used.)
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Heart in the right place - If someone's heart is in the right place, they are good and kind, though they might not always appear to be so.
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Hit the right note - If you hit the right note, you speak or act in a way that has a positive effect on people.('Strike the right note' is also used.)
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Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing - If the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, then communication within a company, organisation, group, etc, is so bad that people don't know what the others are doing.
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On the right foot - If you start something or set off on the right foot, you get off to a good start.
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Right as rain - If things are right as rain, then everything is going well in your life.
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Right church, wrong pew - Right church, wrong pew means that someone is very nearly right, but someting is wrong.
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Right out of the blocks - This means immediately; at the very beginning. It describes a sprinter blasting out of the starting blocks at the beginning of a short distance race (e.g., 100-yard dash, 50-yard dash).
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Right royal - (UK) A right royal night out would be an extremely exciting, memorable and fun one.
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Right up my alley - If something is right up your alley, it suits you perfectly.
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Right up your street - If something is ideal for you, it is right up your street.
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Tick all the right boxes - To meet or fit the criteria or expectations. For example, "This product ticked all the right boxes for me", or "That applicant's interview didn't go so well; it didn't tick any of my boxes".
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. right, riht, AS. riht,; akin to D. regt, OS. & OHG. reht, G. recht, Dan. ret, Sw. rätt, Icel. rëttr, Goth. raíhts, L. rectus, p. p. of regere, to guide, rule; cf. Skr. ṛju, straight, right. √115. Cf. Adroit,Alert Correct Dress Regular Rector Recto Rectum Regent Region Realm Rich Royal Rule
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. riht; Ger. recht, L. rectus.

Usage

In literature:

Right guard 6, right tackle 4, right end 2.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Well, you got a right to.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
I have no right to keep you in suspense, and I will not do it.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Then take the right-front corner and return to the right, covering the right-rear corner.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
She's all right if she's managed right.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
To the right, close to a spur of the hills, were the dwarfed houses of a ranch.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
No, thank you, my dear boy; if he and Anderson think it right to trust the American, why, it must be right.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
What's the matter with all of us anyhow, that right isn't always right?
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
I recognize no rights but human rights.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
The time has fully come to drop the phrase "Woman's Rights" for that of "Equal Rights.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
That is, if no rights are transferred, than these particular rights are still untransferred, and, if you please, untransferable.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
You see, it right on de Main street gwine down en does be right public out to de people.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
You send for that nephew right away, why don't you, Marthy?
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
And if you need a reason, it's because I wouldn't feel right about it, and I know a lot of the men wouldn't feel right about it.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
I have voted my stock with yours right along because the propositions made by Watson have been right.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
The saloon man is a justice of the peace, and he'll marry us right away, soon as you eat.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
If we don't do the right thing right off, you'll lose her.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
Only that's right by the Hermit's Cave an' he couldn't cross to the Osages there.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
His looks are all right and Jarge himself is all right.
"The Rosie World" by Parker Fillmore
He explained at great length which cause was right, and then prayed that the right might prevail.
"Diary of an Enlisted Man" by Lawrence Van Alstyne
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In poetry:

"Now take him," said SIR WHITE,
"Or you will soon be rueing it;
Bless me! I must be right, -
I caught the fellow doing it!"
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Aye, for what right has Nathan with the girl
If he be not her father? He who saved
Her life so lately has a stronger claim
To heir their rights who gave it her at first.
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Are ye right there, Michael, are ye right?
Do you think that we'll be there before the night?
Ye've been so long in startin',
That ye couldn't say for startin'
Still ye might now, Michael,
So ye might!
"Are Ye Right, There, Michael?" by William Percy French
And lying in my bed that night
Hungry, tired out with sobs, I found
A stretch of barren years in sight,
Where right is wrong, but strength is right,
Where weak things must creep underground,
And I could not sleep sound.
"The Picture Book" by Robert Graves
When I was young and bold and strong,
Oh, right was right, and wrong was wrong!
My plume on high, my flag unfurled,
I rode away to right the world.
"Come out, you dogs, and fight!" said I,
And wept there was but once to die.
"The Veteran" by Dorothy Parker
And I stand before the young man face to face, and take his right
hand in my left hand, and his left hand in my right hand,
And I answer for his brother, and for men, and I answer for him that
answers for all, and send these signs.
"Now List To My Morning's Romanza" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Fetal rights and language rights could liven up next Parliament.
If you are wronged, you should wrong back as two wrongs make a right, right.
These workhorses (aka SPLs) may not be right for every application, but they have a rightful place in every plant's lube-management program.
Lunge back with your right leg so your left ankle is directly below your left knee and your right knee is bent close to the floor.
The Right Metal Detector at the Right Thym.
The 24-year-old actor proved he has all the right moves in Step Up Revolution, so naturally he's a right fit for the erotic thriller.
The U.S.-Mexico border fence, running from upper left to lower right in this 2004 aerial photograph, divides Nogales, Ariz. On the left and Nogales, Sonora, on the right.
Ohio State University 's cautious foray into big online courses is the right thing, done the right way: editorial.
When it comes to delivering the right message with the right tone, few players do it better than Barrett Jones.
CHICAGO – Successful direct response campaigns depend on the right product, the right price and the right presentation to convert prospects to customers.
In anticipation, the band is premiering new song "Vulture" right here right now.
All right, all right -- so we're not New York.
The trick to a war photographer's success is being in the right place at the right time -- and, of course, not getting wounded, captured or killed.
Good photography requires knowledge of your equipment, proper exposure control, appropriate lens choice and being in the right spot at the right time.
Right move for Right Brain .
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In science:

Poisson : strictly-right) In (f ), replace the admissible path as weakly-up/strictly-right paths.
Riemann-Hilbert problems for last passage percolation
B -modules and right E -modules (where E acts only on the right factor of ∼= V ⊕n, we V ⊗k E ).
Clifford correspondence for algebras
Consequently, if P and Q are any nonzero finitely generated projective right Rmodules, then there exists a nonzero right R-module A such that P ∼= Q ⊕ A.
$K_0$ of purely infinite simple regular rings
We let maps in E act on the right of their arguments, so that we can identify R with the subring of right multiplication operators in E .
$K_0$ of purely infinite simple regular rings
Namely, the left diagram corresponds to right steps and the right diagram to left steps.
Virasoro action on Schur function expansions, skew Young tableaux and random walks
Recall that if M and N are right H -comodules then M N N is also a right H -comodule via ρ(m ⊗ n) = X m0 ⊗ n0 ⊗ m1n1 .
The Grothendieck Group of Hopf Algebras
Conversely, every right G-graded A-module can be made into a right C -comodule.
Galois corings from the descent theory point of view
So, A ⊗C Q ≃ AS −1 is the right localization of the right C -module A at S, and the left localization of the left A ⊗ C -module A (i.e. A⊗C A = AAC ) at S considered as the subset {1 ⊗ c | c ∈ S } of A ⊗ C .
Gelfand-Kirillov dimension of commutative subalgebras of simple infinite dimensional algebras and their quotient division algebras
If the walk (Xn )n visits at time n a site x for the j -time (j ≥ 1) then it moves to the right in the next step iff Un < ω (x, j ), whereas the walk (Yn )n jumps to the right iff Un < 1/2.
Multi-excited random walks on integers
Here ξk consists of the environment to the right of k and of the part of the tra jectory to the right of k .
Multi-excited random walks on integers
Using Lemma 3.5 for the last term on the right hand side, and noting that P(Y (0) ≥ −M ) → 0 as M → ∞, it becomes clear that it suffices to estimate the first term on the right side.
Annealed deviations of random walk in random scenery
At right is the absolute B magnitude versus H2 mass (top right) and the H2 to-H I mass ratio (bottom right).
Properties of Molecular Gas in Massive Low Surface Brightness Galaxies, Including New 12CO Observations of Three Malin 1 `Cousins'
This spin value fixation process may be extremely difficult to achieve even for a global algorithm, since the algorithm needs to choose the right vertices and the right spin values to fix.
Long range frustration in finite connectivity spin glasses: A mean field theory and its application to the random $K$-satisfiability problem
Let F, F ′ : C → sSet right G-functors, and ǫ : F → F ′ a map of right G-functors such that each ǫX : F X → F ′X is a GX -homotopy equivalence.
The Action by Natural Transformations of a Group on a Diagram of Spaces
Placing balls into the left and right sides with these distributions with probability 1 − o(1) both left and right sides get less than ln4 k balls.
Counting Connected Graphs Asymptotically
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