Definition of outlier
1 : a person whose residence and place of business are at a distance His house was a place of refuge for outliers.
2 : something (such as a geological feature) that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body The island is an outlier on the southeast side of the archipelago.
3 : a statistical observation that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample Values that are outliers give disproportionate weight to larger over smaller values.
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The president’s daughter was a noticeable outlier at the table, an unelected and inexperienced representative sitting beside Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Trump went to the G-20 making America very much the outlier.
Among gunshot survivors, 51-year-old House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is an outlier.
These changes won't affect most of the lifer population, however and Louisiana will remain an outlier in doling out life-without-parole sentences.
IHeartMedia, though, was an outlier, up 49 percent as investors grew more confident that their stock won't be wiped out by a bankruptcy.
Whatever their purpose, the carvings seem to mark the skulls as outliers: Dozens of other skull fragments have been found at Göbekli Tepe with no sign of carving or cutting.
But Thomas again stands as a crazy outlier, earning only $500,000 per Win Share based on his $6.3 million salary and 12.6 Win Shares.
Now, bearing the gold and diamonds, the man who wasn’t supposed to be a star has a chance to show the Marlins that last season’s second half was an outlier.
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