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gut factor

The subjective, emotional element or dimension that influences a decision. All three candidates appear ideal for the position, so we'll have to rely on the gut factor when we make our choice.
See also: factor, gut

x factor

A unique and noteworthy quality that makes someone or something exceptional. There are a lot of really talented singers in this contest, but I think Molly's x factor is her stage presence. A lot of similar products are on the market right now—ours has to have an X factor!
See also: factor

fudge factor

Fig. a margin of error. I never use a fudge factor. I measure correctly, and I cut the material exactly the way I measured it. I built in a fudge factor of three percent.
See also: factor, fudge

factor in

Figure in, include as a basic element. For example, In preparing the schedule we factored in vacation and sick days. This term comes from mathematics. [Mid-1900s]
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sleaze factor

The element in a political party, administration, or other organization that is corrupt, controversial, or tainted by scandal. For example, I can't see myself making a campaign contribution to them-there's too much of a sleaze factor . This slangy expression derives from the adjective sleazy, which means "vulgar" or "tawdry." The idiom was first used in politics in the 1980s.
See also: factor, sleaze

fudge factor

a figure which is included in a calculation in order to account for some unquantified but significant phenomenon or to ensure a desired result.
Fudge, apparently originating in the mid 18th century as an exclamation of disgust or irritation, later acquired a specific verbal sense in printers' jargon, meaning to ‘do work imperfectly or as best you can with the materials available’.
See also: factor, fudge

factor in

1. To take something into account; take something into consideration; figure something in: We factored sick days and vacations in when we prepared the work schedule. The boss factored in overtime when giving out bonuses.
2. To be taken into account or consideration; to be figured in: These observations are interesting, but they don't really factor in.
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factor out

1. To reanalyze a situation or problem in order to remove something from consideration: If we factor out personal details, it seems that everyone has the same story. If we factor the bad data out, the results are predictable.
2. Mathematics To rewrite an expression so that something, especially a constant or variable, appearing more than once in the expression appears only once: By factoring the shared terms out of the expression, we can easily solve the equation. The teacher factored out 3x from both sides of the equation 6x^3 + 9x^2 + 12x = 24x.
See also: factor, out

fudge factor

n. a margin of error. I never use a fudge factor. I measure correctly, and I cut the material exactly the way I measured it.
See also: factor, fudge
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Most of the new owners of small business factoring companies came from the lending arena, so they concentrate on this side of the business while only providing minimal credit and collection services.
Traditional factoring is synonymous with credit and collections.
In factoring, however, it's not appropriate to annualize it out and say you're paying more than 36% a year [with a 3% fee]," says Craig Sheinker, president of Quantum; "because we don't require the client to use us any more than he needs us.
For more information on factoring or finding a factor, check out the Commercial Finance Association Website at www.
has just proved that factoring is "easy" when done on a special type of computer operating according to quantum mechanical principles.
Distinctive Solutions hosts the Seventh Annual Factoring Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.
has been providing quality software to the Commercial Finance Industry since 1982 and has sold over 500 Factoring and Asset Based Lending Systems worldwide.
For large numbers, more indirect factoring methods must be used.
Pomerance favors an approach that depends less on large networks of expensive computers and more on low-cost, custom-built machines for factoring large numbers.
This transaction provides funding for further expansion of factoring activities," said John W.
This may threaten the security of secret codes that rely on the difficulty of factoring large numbers (SN: 1/14/84, p.
Holdridge have been busy fine-tuning a factoring method called the "quadratic sieve" (QS) so that it runs efficiently on a Cray X-MP supercomputer.
These machines will probably run the Sandia factoring program about 10 times faster, predicts Simmons.
This makes Lenstra's method attractive for factoring numbers drawn from a table of "most-wanted factorizations"--a list of particularly difficult numbers to factor (SN: 1/14/84, p.
Simmons heads the Sandia group that presently holds the record for factoring the longest "hard" number -- 71 decimal digits--using a general-purpose factoring method (SN: 3/17/84, p.