# How does one define a sigmoidal function

1. Jan 6, 2013

### marellasunny

I am trying to model a 'perturbation function' and I finally arrive at a S-shaped graph,which I later found was called a 'sigmoid'. Is a sigmoid defined based on its inflection point? How does one classify a curve as a 'sigmoid'?
Can i say that a certain function f is a sigmoid just because it has a S-shaped curve?What about skewed S-shaped curves?Are they sigmoids also?
What are the constraints?

Last edited: Jan 7, 2013
2. Jan 7, 2013