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multinomial Syllabification: mul·ti·no·mi·al
Pronunciation: /ˌməltiˈnōmēəl/ /ˌməltī-/

Definition of multinomial in English:

adjective& noun

Mathematics , rare
Another term for polynomial.
Example sentences
  • In 1935 he investigated multinomial distributions.
  • These coefficients are correlated, because they depend on the multinomial count vector X and because the same alleles can overlap between different coefficients.
  • The likelihood was calculated under the two models according to the multinomial formula.


Early 17th century: from multi- 'many', on the pattern of binomial.

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