Statistics. the path taken by a point or quantity that moves in steps, where the direction of each step is determined randomly.
Physics. the tendency of particles in random motion to achieve a net displacement or to drift in a particular direction.
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Origin of random walk
First recorded in 1900–05
Words nearby random walk
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British Dictionary definitions for random walk
a mathematical model used to describe physical processes, such as diffusion, in which a particle moves in straight-line steps of constant length but random direction
statistics a route consisting of successive and connected steps in which each step is chosen by a random mechanism uninfluenced by any previous step
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