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Normalization

In the context of mathematics normalization is a term that can mean slightly different things but generally it either refers to adjusting a set of values to some desired range by multiplying or dividing each of the values by some predetermined number, or to converting some data or expression into a unified format. The idea is to "tame" possibly very wildly differing values that we can encounter "in the wild" into something more "normal" that we can better work with. The term has also another meaning in the context of society and its culture. The following are some specific meanings of the term depending on context:


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