Definition of outlier in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtlʌɪə/


1A person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system: a western outlier in the Andaman archipelago
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  • It is perhaps 200 feet high, something of a pimple outlier of the main range but it contained an abandoned, flooded quarry which was, when required, redolent of the Lake District books.
  • The Reivers, however, is an outlier in Faulkner's body of work.
  • There are indeed many places where you can still hear Welsh spoken daily, particularly in rural west, central and northern Wales, one of its heartlands being the western outliers of Snowdon down to Bangor and on to Anglesey.
1.1A person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set: an outlier in Faulkner’s body of work then there are the corporate outliers, people who just don’t fit into the culture of the company
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  • She, like many of my friends, seems to labor under the assumption that I am an outlier, that I am unusually frustrated with the scientific system the way it exists in this country right now.
  • There are a few outliers who actually don't want TV, but it seems as though most people who don't have a TV are just trying to avoid the fee.
  • He is widely regarded in the intelligence community as an outlier, as a man who always goes for the worst-case scenario and sometimes overlooks less alarming or at least ambiguous signs.
1.2 Geology A younger rock formation isolated among older rocks: the Jurassic outlier west of Carlisle
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  • Fault movements by which blocks of terrain move up or down relative to each other, as when horsts or grabens are formed, can also produce inliers and outliers.
  • Lily Fen is also unusual among southern outliers in that its surficial features are well developed.
  • The Great Glen and the Helmsdale faults, along which the Jurassic outliers of Eathie and Helmsdale, respectively, are found, show a complex history of movements.
1.3 Statistics A data point on a graph or in a set of results that is very much bigger or smaller than the next nearest data point.
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  • In such a system, attention is focused generally on the outliers who have poor results, with (in most cases) neither integrated analysis of the root cause nor any attempt to determine the processes of care that result in worse outcomes.
  • Results of tests of outliers and assumptions of normality, homogeneity of variance-covariance matrices, linearity, and multicollinearity were satisfactory.
  • Interestingly, while this method is supposed to be relatively insensitive to outliers, the results do change significantly if the data point from 1992 is removed from the series.

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