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In mathematics, an **even function** is a real function such that for every in its domain. Similarly, an **odd function** is a function such that for every in its domain.

They are named for the parity of the powers of the power functions which satisfy each condition: the function is even if *n* is an even integer, and it is odd if *n* is an odd integer.

Even functions are those real functions whose graph is self-symmetric with respect to the y-axis, and odd functions are those whose graph is self-symmetric with respect to the origin.

If the domain of a real function is self-symmetric with respect to the origin, then the function can be uniquely decomposed as the sum of an even function and an odd function.

Evenness and oddness are generally considered for real functions, that is real-valued functions of a real variable. However, the concepts may be more generally defined for functions whose domain and codomain both have a notion of additive inverse. This includes abelian groups, all rings, all fields, and all vector spaces. Thus, for example, a real function could be odd or even (or neither), as could a complex-valued function of a vector variable, and so on.

The given examples are real functions, to illustrate the symmetry of their graphs.

Let *f* be a real-valued function of a real variable. Then *f* is **even** if the following equation holds for all *x* such that *x* and −*x* are in the domain of *f*:^{[1]}^{: p. 11 }

(Eq.1) |

or equivalently if the following equation holds for all such *x*:

Geometrically, the graph of an even function is symmetric with respect to the *y*-axis, meaning that its graph remains unchanged after reflection about the *y*-axis.

Examples of even functions are:

Again, let *f* be a real-valued function of a real variable. Then *f* is **odd** if the following equation holds for all *x* such that *x* and −*x* are in the domain of *f*:^{[1]}^{: p. 72 }

(Eq.2) |

or equivalently if the following equation holds for all such *x*:

Geometrically, the graph of an odd function has rotational symmetry with respect to the origin, meaning that its graph remains unchanged after rotation of 180 degrees about the origin.

Examples of odd functions are:

- The sign function
- The identity function
- sine
- hyperbolic sine
- The error function

- If a function is both even and odd, it is equal to 0 everywhere it is defined.
- If a function is odd, the absolute value of that function is an even function.

- The sum of two even functions is even.
- The sum of two odd functions is odd.
- The difference between two odd functions is odd.
- The difference between two even functions is even.
- The sum of an even and odd function is not even or odd, unless one of the functions is equal to zero over the given domain.

- The product of two even functions is an even function.
- That implies that product of any number of even functions is an even function as well.

- The product of two odd functions is an even function.
- The product of an even function and an odd function is an odd function.
- The quotient of two even functions is an even function.
- The quotient of two odd functions is an even function.
- The quotient of an even function and an odd function is an odd function.

- The composition of two even functions is even.
- The composition of two odd functions is odd.
- The composition of an even function and an odd function is even.
- The composition of any function with an even function is even (but not vice versa).

Every function may be uniquely decomposed as the sum of an even and an odd function, which are called respectively the **even part** and the **odd part** of the function; if one defines

(Eq.3) |

and

(Eq.4) |

then is even, is odd, and

Conversely, if

where g is even and h is odd, then and since

For example, the hyperbolic cosine and the hyperbolic sine may be regarded as the even and odd parts of the exponential function, as the first one is an even function, the second one is odd, and

- .

- Any linear combination of even functions is even, and the even functions form a vector space over the reals. Similarly, any linear combination of odd functions is odd, and the odd functions also form a vector space over the reals. In fact, the vector space of
*all*real functions is the direct sum of the subspaces of even and odd functions. This is a more abstract way of expressing the property in the preceding section.- The space of functions can be considered a graded algebra over the real numbers by this property, as well as some of those above.

- The even functions form a commutative algebra over the reals. However, the odd functions do
*not*form an algebra over the reals, as they are not closed under multiplication.

A function's being odd or even does not imply differentiability, or even continuity. For example, the Dirichlet function is even, but is nowhere continuous.

In the following, properties involving derivatives, Fourier series, Taylor series are considered, and these concepts are thus supposed to be defined for the considered functions.

- The derivative of an even function is odd.
- The derivative of an odd function is even.
- The integral of an odd function from −
*A*to +*A*is zero (where*A*is finite, and the function has no vertical asymptotes between −*A*and*A*). For an odd function that is integrable over a symmetric interval, e.g. , the result of the integral over that interval is zero; that is^{[2]}- .

- The integral of an even function from −
*A*to +*A*is twice the integral from 0 to +*A*(where*A*is finite, and the function has no vertical asymptotes between −*A*and*A*. This also holds true when*A*is infinite, but only if the integral converges); that is- .

- The Maclaurin series of an even function includes only even powers.
- The Maclaurin series of an odd function includes only odd powers.
- The Fourier series of a periodic even function includes only cosine terms.
- The Fourier series of a periodic odd function includes only sine terms.
- The Fourier transform of a purely real-valued even function is real and even. (see Fourier analysis § Symmetry properties)
- The Fourier transform of a purely real-valued odd function is imaginary and odd. (see Fourier analysis § Symmetry properties)

In signal processing, harmonic distortion occurs when a sine wave signal is sent through a memory-less nonlinear system, that is, a system whose output at time *t* only depends on the input at time *t* and does not depend on the input at any previous times. Such a system is described by a response function . The type of harmonics produced depend on the response function *f*:^{[3]}

- When the response function is even, the resulting signal will consist of only even harmonics of the input sine wave;
- The fundamental is also an odd harmonic, so will not be present.
- A simple example is a full-wave rectifier.
- The component represents the DC offset, due to the one-sided nature of even-symmetric transfer functions.

- When it is odd, the resulting signal will consist of only odd harmonics of the input sine wave;
- The output signal will be half-wave symmetric.
- A simple example is clipping in a symmetric push-pull amplifier.

- When it is asymmetric, the resulting signal may contain either even or odd harmonics;
- Simple examples are a half-wave rectifier, and clipping in an asymmetrical class-A amplifier.

Note that this does not hold true for more complex waveforms. A sawtooth wave contains both even and odd harmonics, for instance. After even-symmetric full-wave rectification, it becomes a triangle wave, which, other than the DC offset, contains only odd harmonics.

**Even symmetry:**

A function is called *even symmetric* if:

**Odd symmetry:**

A function is called *odd symmetric* if:

The definitions for even and odd symmetry for complex-valued functions of a real argument are similar to the real case but involve complex conjugation.

**Even symmetry:**

A complex-valued function of a real argument is called *even symmetric* if:

**Odd symmetry:**

A complex-valued function of a real argument is called *odd symmetric* if:

The definitions of odd and even symmetry are extended to *N*-point sequences (i.e. functions of the form ) as follows:^{[4]}^{: p. 411 }

**Even symmetry:**

A *N*-point sequence is called *even symmetric* if

Such a sequence is often called a **palindromic sequence**; see also Palindromic polynomial.

**Odd symmetry:**

A *N*-point sequence is called *odd symmetric* if

Such a sequence is sometimes called an **anti-palindromic sequence**; see also Antipalindromic polynomial.

- Hermitian function for a generalization in complex numbers
- Taylor series
- Fourier series
- Holstein–Herring method
- Parity (physics)

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