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Definition of weighted

1 : made heavy : loaded weighted silk
2a : having a statistical weight attached a weighted test score
b : compiled or calculated from weighted data a weighted mean

Examples of weighted in a Sentence

The head of the golf club was weighted.
Recent Examples on the Web As of August, their weighted average lending charge was almost double the Reserve Bank of India’s repurchase rate. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "India Has People. It Needs Consumers," 16 Nov. 2019 But by and large, the momentum seems weighted toward passage. Jeffery C. Mays, New York Times, "Instead of Voting for One Candidate, What if New Yorkers Picked Their Top 5?," 28 Oct. 2019 The arborist would use a throwball launcher — which looks a bit like a sling shot — to catapult a weighted bag with a line attached to it. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Balboa Park tree climbers wow crowd, pursue glory," 13 Oct. 2019 Buzzing around the midfield like a wasp near an open Coke can, Iniesta finally unlocked the stubborn Gunners’ defence with a probing and perfectly weighted 15-yard pass to Henrik Larsson. SI.com, "Andrés Iniesta: The Enigmatic Architect Behind the Best Barcelona Team in Modern History," 7 Oct. 2019 Over just a piano, Del Rey sings in lyrics that are oblique but specific, each noun a weighted term. Time, "Analyzing Lana Del Rey's 'Norman F---ing Rockwell' Lyrics," 4 Sep. 2019 Portfolio managers would keep their investments short-term, with a weighted average maturity closer to 30 days. John Moorlach, Orange County Register, "Lessons from Orange County’s 1994 bankruptcy: John Moorlach," 8 Dec. 2019 Each neuron computes a weighted sum of its inputs—the larger an input's weight, the more that input affects the neuron's output. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How neural networks work—and why they’ve become a big business," 2 Dec. 2019 The Altmetric Attention Score, which presents a weighted approximation of the online attention an article has received, increased for these articles an average of 126.5 points. Julie K. Silver, STAT, "Abundant research shows gender disparities in medicine, but too few know about it. #NeedHerScience," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of weighted

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Weighted.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weighted. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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Financial Definition of weighted

What It Is

Weighted refers to the mathematical practice of adjusting the components of an index to reflect the importance of certain characteristics.

How It Works

Here is information about five stocks.

If we wanted to create an unweighted index of the price performance of these five companies, we might average their stock prices and call it a day (i.e., we would calculate the average as $8.60).

However, this unweighted average doesn’t take into account the issuers’ actual sizes or the number of shares outstanding (in other words, without reflecting the issuers’ true heft in the economy). The tiny companies can sway the index as much as the more significant companies. Accordingly, if one of the higher-priced stocks (Company D, in our example) has a huge price increase, the index is more likely to increase even if the other, more meaningful companies in the index decline in value at the same time.

Thus, we could create a weighted index to give more weight to the bigger issuers. We could do this by multiplying the share price by the shares outstanding, summing the totals, and then dividing by the total shares outstanding:

Why It Matters

In the finance world, some indexes are weighted and some are not. It is important to understand how indexes are weighted so that you can understand what influences those indexes, what the index really conveys, and whether the index is relevant to your investment objectives.

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English Language Learners Definition of weighted

: held in place or made heavier by a weight
used to say that something favors or does not favor a particular person, group, etc.

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