- Randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analyzed statistically but may not be predicted precisely.
“I painted stars on my ceiling in a stochastic pattern.”
“Matthew excelled at statistics, especially when analyzing stochastic patterns.”
“It may seem stochastic, but I promise I have a plan for everything that will eventually come together.”
Greek, mid-17th century
Why this word?
Even when complex data can be analyzed, it may still be random — that’s called “stochastic.” However, random stochastic data can be useful. Civil engineers have employed stochastic modeling to analyze traffic flow data and plot better traffic light patterns and urban planning.
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