random variable


Definition of random variable

: a variable that is itself a function of the result of a statistical experiment in which each outcome has a definite probability of occurrence

called also variate

Examples of random variable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This puzzling curve seemed to be the complex cousin of the familiar bell curve, or Gaussian distribution, which represents the natural variation of independent random variables like the heights of students in a classroom or their test scores. Quanta Magazine, "At the Far Ends of a New Universal Law," 15 Oct. 2014 There are too many random variables at play -- including the crazy crowd noise -- to make this a consistently formful race. Katia Porzecanski, Bloomberg.com, "Is Justify Worthy of Hype? Kentucky Derby Q&A With Papadopoulos," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of random variable

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Random variable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/random%20variable. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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