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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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 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

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First Known Use of probabilistic

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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