Inflation (disambiguation)

Inflation most commonly refers to a rise in the general price level over a period of time (also known as price inflation).

Inflation may also refer to:



  • Credential inflation, the devaluing of academic credentials and increase in academic requirements, due to the increase over time of the average level of education
  • Grade inflation, the increase over time of academic grades, faster than any real increase in standards

Natural sciences[edit]

  • Inflation (cosmology), the expansion of space in the early universe at a rate much faster than the speed of light; the inflationary epoch lasted from 10−36 seconds after the Big Bang to sometime between 10−33 and 10−32 seconds
  • The act of inflating an inflatable, anything designed to be expanded with air or gas (such as a balloon)

Mathematics and computation[edit]

  • The action of INFLATE, the algorithm that reverses DEFLATE compression
  • The inflation map in group cohomology (mathematics)

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