probability distribution


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Recent Examples on the Web That means that many of its properties aren’t exactly determined, but rather have a probability distribution to them. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, "Why Do Physicists Say A Multiverse Has To Exist?," 25 Feb. 2021 Sycamore calculated the probability distribution by sampling the circuit—running it one million times and measuring the observed output strings. Elizabeth Gibney, Scientific American, "Google Publishes Landmark Quantum Supremacy Claim," 23 Oct. 2019 Instead, the possible results of measuring its position are given by a probability distribution. Quanta Magazine, "Inside the Knotty World of ‘Anyon’ Particles," 28 Feb. 2017 And in this case, there is simply no way to get that probability distribution using a classical computer. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Paper leaks showing a quantum computer doing something a supercomputer can’t," 24 Sep. 2019 The particular probability distribution being used must be chosen with care. Quanta Magazine, "Privacy by the Numbers: A New Approach to Safeguarding Data," 10 Dec. 2012 What if the probability distribution of letters is biased, so some letters are more likely than others? Quanta Magazine, "The Information Theory of Life," 19 Nov. 2015

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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