When the order of events is randomly determined and it cannot be predicted what will come first, second or third, this is an example of when the order of events would be described as stochastic.
stochastic
- of, pertaining to, or arising from chance; involving probability; random
- Math. designating a process in which a sequence of values is drawn from a corresponding sequence of jointly distributed random variables
Origin of stochastic
; from Classical Greek stochastikos, proceeding by guesswork, literally , skillful in aiming ; from stochazesthai, to aim at ; from stochos, a target: for Indo-European base see stingstochastic
adjective
- Of, relating to, or characterized by conjecture; conjectural.
- Statistics Involving or containing a random variable or process: stochastic calculus; a stochastic simulation.
Origin of stochastic
Greek stokhastikos, from stokhast&emacron;s, diviner, from stokhazesthai, to guess at, from stokhos, aim, goal; see stegh- in Indo-European roots.Related Forms:
- sto·chas′ti·cal·ly
adverb
stochastic
(comparative more stochastic, superlative most stochastic)
- Random, randomly determined, relating to stochastics.
From Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ„Î¿Ï‡Î±ÏƒÏ„Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (stokhastikos), from ÏƒÏ„Î¿Ï‡Î¬Î¶Î¿Î¼Î±Î¹ (stokhazomai, “aim at a target, guess"), from ÏƒÏ„ÏŒÏ‡Î¿Ï‚ (stokhos, “an aim, a guess").
stochastic - Computer Definition
By guesswork; by chance; using or containing random values.