es·​ti·​ma·​tor | \ ˈe-stə-ˌmā-tər How to pronounce estimator (audio) \

Definition of estimator

1 : one that estimates
2 : estimate sense 1b also : a statistical function whose value for a sample furnishes an estimate of a population parameter

Examples of estimator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Retirees can get a specific withholding recommendation by using the estimator to review their own tax situation. Susan Tompor,, "How retirees can check if they’re having enough taxes withheld," 3 Oct. 2019 His team has incorporated those data into a breast cancer risk estimator along with factors such as family history. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "'Polygenic' profile could better predict disease risk for those with cancer mutations," 17 Dec. 2019 Researchers also used a risk estimator from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to assess participants’ risk of heart disease using biomarkers. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Heart attack survivors could be at greater risk for cancer, a new study shows," 21 Nov. 2019 Amazingly, the format of the new estimator is extremely straightforward. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Now, a new way to estimate next year's tax refund," 14 Aug. 2019 The cost estimator component, scheduled to launch at the end of September, will allow consumers to compare the cost of routine procedures such as colonoscopies, or more specialized procedures such as hip-replacements, across provider networks. Maya Moore,, "Office of Health Strategy launches online health care rating system," 8 Aug. 2019 And even fewer had ever used their insurer’s cost-estimator tool., "The results of the poll, commissioned by Boston’s Pioneer Institute, reflects the complexity of health care pricing and the difficulties for consumers trying to find out how much they must pay out of pocket for their care.," 5 Nov. 2019 This cost-to-go estimator map helps a robot make informed decisions on the fly. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Helping Delivery Robots Find Your Front Door," 13 Nov. 2019 So the Office of Health Strategy launched a new cost estimator tool that reveals how much treatment costs vary across the state’s health care facilities. Mikala Kane,, "Good news this week: Girl Scouts ask their town to adopt gender-neutral language in its charter, and Simsbury is installing a permanent LGBTQ pride art display," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of estimator

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Estimator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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