Definition of "stochastic" [sto•chas•tic]

  • Of, relating to, or characterized by conjecture; conjectural. (adjective)
  • Statistics Involving or containing a random variable or variables: stochastic calculus. (adjective)
  • Statistics Involving chance or probability: a stochastic stimulation. (adjective)

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Use "stochastic" in a sentence
  • "The experimental technique has entered the annals of science under the name of "stochastic cooling.""
  • "The irregular trend in integrated series is known as a stochastic trend as opposed to a simple linear deterministic time trend."
  • "It seems farfetched, but it's based on a physical principle called stochastic resonance."