prob·​a·​bi·​lis·​tic | \ˌprä-bə-bə-ˈli-stik \

Definition of probabilistic 

1 : of or relating to probabilism

2 : of, relating to, or based on probability

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probabilistically \ ˌprä-​bə-​bə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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The findings suggest that media coverage featuring probabilistic forecasting gives rise to much stronger expectations that the leading candidate will win, compared with more familiar coverage of candidates’ vote share. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Americans Don’t Understand Probabilities – and It Could Affect Election Turnout," 10 Feb. 2018 Knowing this, investors must make probabilistic decisions using incomplete information about an unknowable future. Barry Ritholtz,, "The markets don't care about your wants or needs," 19 May 2018 Last September, Intel introduced the world to Loihi, a chip designed for what Intel calls probabilistic computing. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's Loihi roadmap calls for its brain chips to be as 'smart' as a mouse by 2019," 14 May 2018 But as Pearl sees it, the field of AI got mired in probabilistic associations. Kevin Hartnett, The Atlantic, "How a Pioneer of Machine Learning Became One of Its Sharpest Critics," 19 May 2018 Likewise, employing a probabilistic approach from the global model ensembles allows us to quantify a level of confidence in the predictions. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Trump administration official says it’s a ‘top priority’ to improve U.S. weather forecasting model," 23 Apr. 2018 To deal with that unpredictability, Noah Goodman, a psychologist and computer scientist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, helps develop probabilistic programming languages (PPLs). Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "How researchers are teaching AI to learn like a child," 24 May 2018 Pearl is a professor of computer science at UCLA and winner of the 2011 Turing Award for his work on probabilistic and causal reasoning. Judea Pearl And, WSJ, "AI Can’t Reason Why," 18 May 2018 Intel sees probabilistic computing as an important step on the road to artificial intelligence. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's Loihi roadmap calls for its brain chips to be as 'smart' as a mouse by 2019," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of probabilistic

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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