probability distribution


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Recent Examples on the Web In the ‘pick-a-number between one and ten’ game there was actually an implicit assumption about the probability of each message occurring - about the probability distribution of the message space. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Climate is the probability distribution of weather: the chance of heat and cold waves, floods, fires, and so forth. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 21 Nov. 2021 As the Princeton computer scientist Arvind Narayanan pointed out, at its heart was the use of argmax, a mathematical function that selects the most likely output from a probability distribution. Hari Kunzru, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 Used in cases where there are many different possible outcomes, a Monte Carlo simulation builds up a picture of the probability distribution of the possible scenarios. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2021 Namely, that the probability distribution for all possible answers was uniform. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 But once confronted with the probability distribution for survival, the human spirit may choose to defy all odds and behave as a statistical outlier. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, 12 May 2021 That means that many of its properties aren’t exactly determined, but rather have a probability distribution to them. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 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, 23 Oct. 2019 See More

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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