outlier

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noun out·li·er \ˈau̇t-ˌlī(-ə)r\

Definition of outlier

  1. 1 :  a person whose residence and place of business are at a distance His house was a place of refuge for outliers.

  2. 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. 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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