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probabilistic

[prob-uh-buh-lis-tik] /ˌprɒb ə bəˈlɪs tɪk/
adjective
1.
Statistics. of or pertaining to probability:
probabilistic forecasting.
2.
of or pertaining to probabilism.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; probabil(ism) or probabil(ity) + -istic; compare French probabiliste believer in probabilism
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Examples from the web for probabilistic
  • Virtue's link to success is partial and probabilistic, never an absolute guarantee.
  • My strong advocacy for certain policy steps is based on a probabilistic understanding of outcomes and costs, not on certainty.
  • These eggheads are now in the dock, along with their probabilistic models.
  • First, perform thousands of fatigue tests in the laboratory and then take a probabilistic view of things.
  • In the probabilistic world everything can happen because the probability distribution can be manipulated at the researchers' whim.
  • The second is a probabilistic mindset that incorporates chaos, emergence, and non-linear change.
  • But in reality, it's almost always probabilistic, more calculation than divination.
  • Image-based recognition systems have to be probabilistic, with a certain amount of give, or they won't work at all.
  • Their positions and velocities take on an uncertain, probabilistic nature.
  • The brain uses a much more powerful and simpler probabilistic method for recognition and prediction.
Word Origin and History for probabilistic
adj.

1855, in a theological sense, from probabilist (1650s, from French probabiliste, 17c., from Latin probabilis, see probable) + -ic. Meaning "pertaining to probability" is from 1951. Related: Probabilism.

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probabilistic in Technology
probability
Relating to, or governed by, probability. The behaviour of a probabilistic system cannot be predicted exactly but the probability of certain behaviours is known. Such systems may be simulated using pseudorandom numbers. Evolutionary computation uses probabilistic processes to generate new (potential) solutions to a problem.
See also deterministic, non-probabilistic.
(1995-09-22)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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