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The notion of a function is easily understood using the metaphor of a function machine that takes in an object for its input and, based on that input, spits out another object as its output.

A function is more formally defined given a set of inputs $X$ (domain) and a set of possible outputs $Y$ (codomain) as a set of ordered pairs $(x,y)$ where $x in X$ (confused?) and $y in Y$, subject to the restriction that there can be only one ordered pair with the same value of $x$. We can write the statement that $f$ is a function from $X$ to $Y$ using the function notation $f: X to Y$.

The change had already happened which is the test and definition of evening.

This self-denial is the test and definition of self-government.

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