Definition of stochastic in English:

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Pronunciation: /stəˈkastik/


Randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analyzed statistically but may not be predicted precisely.
Example sentences
  • Let us now sum up his mathematical contributions which were almost all in the area of mathematical statistics, more precisely stochastic analysis, random processes, regenerative phenomena and mathematical genetics.
  • It was heavy duty mathematics at that, involving an obscure technique known as stochastic differential equations.
  • He has written on stochastic geometry and its applications, and the statistical theory of shape.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • To summarize the asymptotic behavior of the stochastically fluctuating allele frequencies, we first iterated the recursions for 500,000 generations starting with random initial allele frequencies and global linkage equilibrium.
  • We will outline a simple Fourier space Brownian dynamics algorithm that allows us to stochastically evolve a thermal membrane surface forward in time.
  • Each generation new values of these integers are chosen stochastically in accordance with the model.


Mid 17th century: from Greek stokhastikos, from stokhazesthai 'aim at, guess', from stokhos 'aim'.

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Syllabification: sto·chas·tic

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