Definition: The types or domains, and order, in some representations, of inputs to and outputs from a function.
Note: For instance, the signature of the C library function strncmp() (compare up to n characters of two strings) is int (char *, char *, int). That is, it takes two C strings and an integer, and returns an integer.
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Patrick Rodgers, "signature", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/signature.html