er·​go·​dic | \ (ˌ)ər-ˈgä-dik How to pronounce ergodic (audio) , -ˈgō- How to pronounce ergodic (audio) \

Definition of ergodic

1 : of or relating to a process in which every sequence or sizable sample is equally representative of the whole (as in regard to a statistical parameter)
2 : involving or relating to the probability that any state will recur especially : having zero probability that any state will never recur

Other Words from ergodic

ergodicity \ ˌər-​gə-​ˈdi-​sə-​tē How to pronounce ergodic (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web But is the link between training load and recovery ergodic? Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 18 Mar. 2022 In technical terms, the difference between the two situations is that the dice data is ergodic, a term coined in the 1870s by the Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann, whereas the typing data is nonergodic. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 18 Mar. 2022 Results like Roth’s theorem and Szemeredi’s theorem establish bounds on the sizes of these sets and their variations, often using advanced mathematics (like ergodic theory and Fourier transforms) and huge numbers. Quanta Magazine, 7 May 2020 In ergodic theory, mathematicians use observed points and trajectories to form educated hypotheses about what entire systems are doing. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 19 Mar. 2020 Lead author Omer Tamuz studies both economics and mathematics, using probability theory and ergodic theory as the link—a progressive and blended approach that this year’s Abel Prize-winning mathematicians helped to trailblaze. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2020 In addition, he was known for work in ergodic theory and for mastering and influencing all aspects of dynamic systems problems and approaches. Martin Weil,, 10 May 2018 In addition he was known for work in ergodic theory, and for mastering and influencing all aspects of dynamic systems problems and approaches. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 9 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of ergodic

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ergodic

International Scientific Vocabulary erg- + -ode

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