Shape factor

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Shape factor may refer to one of number of values in physics, engineering, image analysis, or statistics. Typically, a shape factor refers to a value that is affected by an object's shape but is independent of its dimensions.

In physics:

  • Shape factor, or shaping factor, a performance measure for filters such as band-pass filters
  • Shape factor of crystallites, a term in the Scherrer equation used in X-ray diffraction
  • The view factor in the field of radiative heat transfer

In engineering:

In image analysis:

In statistics:

  • The shape parameter, sometimes referred to as the shape factor, of some probability distributions