[stuh-kas-tik]
/stəˈkæs tɪk/

1.

of or relating to a process involving a randomly determined sequence of observations each of which is considered as a sample of one element from a probability distribution.

British Dictionary definitions for stochastic

/stɒˈkæstɪk/

adjective

1.

(statistics)

- (of a random variable) having a probability distribution, usually with finite variance
- (of a process) involving a random variable the successive values of which are not independent
- (of a matrix) square with non-negative elements that add to unity in each row

2.

(rare) involving conjecture

Derived Forms

stochastically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Greek stokhastikos capable of guessing, from stokhazesthai to aim at, conjecture, from stokhos a target

Word Origin and History for stochastic

adj.

1660s, "pertaining to conjecture," from Greek stokhastikos "able to guess, conjecturing," from stokhazesthai "guess," from stokhos "a guess, aim, target, mark," literally "pointed stick set up for archers to shoot at" (see sting). The sense of "randomly determined" is first recorded 1934, from German stochastik.

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