stochastic

adjective
sto·​chas·​tic | \ stə-ˈka-stik How to pronounce stochastic (audio) , stō- \

Definition of stochastic

1 : random specifically : involving a random variable a stochastic process
2 : involving chance or probability : probabilistic a stochastic model of radiation-induced mutation

Other Words from stochastic

stochastically \ stə-​ˈka-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce stochastic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of stochastic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading is rising at 56.68, which keeps the chart neutral. Richard Henry Suttmeier, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 The 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading is declining at 19.00. Richard Henry Suttmeier, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The risk of toxicity in the large-language-model approach briefly made headlines in late 2020, after Bender, Gebru and their co-authors circulated an early version of the ‘‘stochastic parrots’’ paper. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Use stochastic analysis to optimize forecast value. Patrick Mcdonald, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 We were not born to stand astride thin wedges of composite material on a turbulently stochastic ocean. Tom Vanderbilt, Outside Online, 28 Feb. 2022 The game ostensibly hinges on chance due to its reliance on dice, but in actuality, Chutes and Ladders is a stochastic system called an absorbing Markov chain, meaning just a portion of the system contains randomness. Leila Sloman, Popular Mechanics, 28 Feb. 2022 The 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading is declining at 33.05. Richard Henry Suttmeier, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Currently, the best methods for training and optimizing deep neural networks are variations of a technique called stochastic gradient descent (SGD). Quanta Magazine, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stochastic

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stochastic

Greek stochastikos skillful in aiming, from stochazesthai to aim at, guess at, from stochos target, aim, guess — more at sting

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4 May 2022

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“Stochastic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stochastic. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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stochastic

adjective
sto·​chas·​tic | \ stə-ˈkas-tik How to pronounce stochastic (audio) , stō- How to pronounce stochastic (audio) \

Medical Definition of stochastic

1 : involving a random variable a stochastic process
2 : involving chance or probability a stochastic model of radiation-induced mutation

Other Words from stochastic

stochastically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce stochastic (audio) \ adverb

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