probabilistic

adjective
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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Other Words from probabilistic

probabilistically \ ˌprä-​bə-​bə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce probabilistically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of probabilistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So the authors added a probabilistic element, where the model could be run multiple times with uncertain values varied around their most likely values. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Slow relaxation of COVID-19 rules helps push recurrence back," 24 June 2020 Outside the realm of games, accurate probabilistic thinking is a rare skill. Maria Konnikova, Wired, "Poker and the Psychology of Uncertainty," 23 June 2020 In the probabilistic language the agency uses to describe the season ahead, there is a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season, and just a 10 percent chance of a below-normal season. John Schwartz, BostonGlobe.com, "Scientists predict an above-average Atlantic hurricane season," 21 May 2020 In the probabilistic language the agency uses to describe the season ahead, there is a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season, and just a 10 percent chance of a below-normal season. John Schwartz, New York Times, "Scientists Predict ‘Busy’ Atlantic Hurricane Season Amid Virus Crisis," 21 May 2020 Shooting basketballs is certainly a probabilistic problem, so Wighton had to choose the distribution that would lead to the most shots per game. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Engineer's Never-Miss Basketball Hoop Will Make Anyone Look Like Jordan," 22 Apr. 2020 How does our predictable everyday world emerge from the hazy, probabilistic rules of quantum mechanics? Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Twist on ‘survival of the fittest’ could explain how reality emerges from the quantum haze," 12 Sep. 2019 Relative changes within probabilistic models can just be used to get some idea of shifting trends over time, in response to events like debates, outrageous statements and WikiLeaks. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Which Forecasts Are True?’," 26 Oct. 2016 These probabilistic forecasts are an attempt to qualify the likelihood of something occurring. Matthew Cappucci, chicagotribune.com, "Science says ‘specific’ weather forecasts can’t be made more than 10 days in advance," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of probabilistic

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Jul 2020

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“Probabilistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/probabilistic. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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