# What is the meaning of “unitize a vector”?

The expression "to unitize a vector" is often use in computational geometry. What does it mean?

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I would guess normalize. But I won't pretend I do any computational geometry whatsoever. – tomasz Jul 1 '12 at 1:23
It is lamentable that different areas of mathematics develop different terms for the same stuff. This just contributes to siloization, which has not been good for the field. – ncmathsadist Jul 1 '12 at 16:52

Yeah, it's a perversion of normalize. If $v\not = 0$, we normalize v as follows $$w = {v\over \|v\|}.$$ Why this ugly neologism is needed is beyond me.