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predictor

[pri-dik-ter] /prɪˈdɪk tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that predicts.
2.
Mathematics. a formula for determining additional values or derivatives of a function from the relationship of its given values.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Medieval Latin praedictor. See predict, -tor
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  • The anatomy of the scleral rings may not be a clear-cut predictor of behavior.
  • The science of this sort of thing may be doubted, especially as a predictor of future opinion.
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  • Various groups have shown that this early popularity can be a good predictor of a story's later spread.
  • So its disruption is a reliable predictor of neurotoxicity.
  • The major predictor for weight loss was adherence to the diet.
  • From an employer perspective, computer-based hiring processes are a more realistic predictor of on-the-job success.
  • They are not a precise predictor of currency movements.
  • But it built its reputation quickly as a predictor of presidential elections.
  • In other words, what makes you a loser in high school is probably a predictor of your future success.
British Dictionary definitions for predictor

predictor

/prɪˈdɪktə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that predicts
2.
an instrument, used in conjunction with an anti-aircraft gun, that determines the speed, distance, height, and direction of hostile aircraft
3.
(statistics) a more modern term for independent variable
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Word Origin and History for predictor
n.

1650s, from Medieval Latin praedictor, agent noun from praedicere (see predict). Statistical sense is from 1950.

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