Ascendent

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ascendent

The negative of the gradient.

The ascendent of a function is a vector with magnitude equal to the maximum spatial rate of change of that function at a given point at a given time. It is directed toward increasing values of the function along the line of maximum change and is represented by F, where F is the function and is the del operator.

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