random walk

noun
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of random walk

: a process (such as Brownian motion or genetic drift) consisting of a sequence of steps (such as movements or changes in gene frequency) each of whose characteristics (such as magnitude and direction) is determined by chance

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First Known Use of random walk

1905


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