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

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Other Words from stochastic

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

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The team used the standard machine learning technique of stochastic gradient descent to iteratively improve the two networks. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google researchers created an amazing scene-rendering AI," 29 June 2018 Random, stochastic mutations allow species to diversify. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Evolution experiment has now followed 68,000 generations of bacteria," 22 Oct. 2017

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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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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 stochastically (audio) \ adverb

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