prob·​a·​bi·​lis·​tic | \ ˌprä-bə-bə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce probabilistic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce probabilistically (audio) \ adverb

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Because all quantum computations are probabilistic, the process must be repeated at least a few times to ensure that the final configuration of the system has truly minimized the overall energy. Quanta Magazine, "Computing’s Search for Quantum Questions," 2 June 2016 In the 1920s, Bohr persuaded most of his contemporaries to embrace the weirdness of a probabilistic universe, the inherent fuzziness of nature, and the puzzling wave-particle duality of all things. Quanta Magazine, "Famous Experiment Dooms Alternative to Quantum Weirdness," 11 Oct. 2018 Admittedly, assuming all these examples really are based on the real Leonardo is a probabilistic inference, so there will naturally be some skepticism. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Da Vinci’s possible vision disorder may have influenced his art," 18 Oct. 2018 The use of these scores to predict individuals’ genetic propensities requires clear warnings about the probabilistic nature of the predictions: Our genes don’t determine our fates. Robert Plomin, WSJ, "Our Fortunetelling Genes," 15 Nov. 2018 In real life, these decisions are probabilistic, with individuals choosing between outcomes of different severities and degrees. James Vincent, The Verge, "Global preferences for who to save in self-driving car crashes revealed," 24 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of probabilistic

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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