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Generally speaking, analytic (from Greek ἀναλυτικός - analytikos) refers to the "having the ability to analyze" or "division into elements or principles."

It can also have the following meanings:

Natural sciences[edit]

  • In chemistry:
  • In mathematics:
    • Abstract analytic number theory, the application of ideas and techniques from analytic number theory to other mathematical fields
    • Analytic capacity, a number that denotes how big a certain bounded analytic function can become
    • Analytic combinatorics, a branch of combinatorics that describes combinatorial classes using generating functions
    • Analytic continuation, a technique to extend the domain of definition of a given analytic function
    • Analytical expression, a mathematical expression using well-known operations that lend themselves readily to calculation
    • Analytic function, a function that is locally given by a convergent power series
    • Analytic geometry, the study of geometry using the principles of algebra
    • Analytic number theory, a branch of number theory that uses methods from mathematical analysis
    • Analytic solution: a solution to a problem that can be written in "closed form" in terms of known functions, constants, etc.
    • Analytic variety, the set of common solutions of several equations involving analytic functions
    • In set theory:
      • Analytical hierarchy, an extension of the arithmetical hierarchy
      • Analytic set, if it is a continuous image of a Polish space. These sets were first defined by Luzin (1917) and his student Souslin (1917)
      • Lightface analytic game, a game whose payoff set A is a subset of Baire space; that is, there is a tree T on which is a computable subset of, such that A is the projection of the set of all branches of T
    • In proof theory:
    • Other mathematical areas:
  • In Computer Science:
  • Other scientific areas:


  • Analytic philosophy, a style of philosophy that came to dominate English-speaking countries in the 20th century
  • Analytic proposition, a statement whose truth can be determined solely through analysis of its meaning
  • Analytical Thomism, the movement to present the thought of Thomas Aquinas in the style of modern analytic philosophy
  • Postanalytic philosophy, describes a detachment from the mainstream philosophical movement of analytic philosophy, which is the predominant school of thought in English-speaking countries

Social sciences[edit]

  • In psychology:
  • In sociology:
    • Analytic induction, the systematic examination of similarities between various social phenomena to develop concepts or ideas
    • Analytic frame, a detailed sketch or outline of some social phenomenon, representing initial idea of a scientist analyzing this phenomenon
  • In politics:
  • In linguistics:
    • Analytic language, a natural language in which most morphemes are free (separate), instead of fused together


  • A financial analytic is a standardized measurement of an asset's attributes.

Other areas[edit]

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