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.
Origin of stochastic
1655–65;Related formssto·chas·ti·cal·ly, adverb
< Greek stochastikós,
equivalent to stochas-
(variant stem of stocházesthai
to aim at) + -tikos -tic
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Related Words for stochasticproblematic
British Dictionary definitions for stochastic
Derived Formsstochastically, adverb 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
rare involving conjecture
Word Origin for stochastic
C17: from Greek stokhastikos capable of guessing, from stokhazesthai to aim at, conjecture, from stokhos a target
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Word Origin and History for stochastic
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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Involving or containing a random variable or variables.
Involving chance or probability.
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