Stochastic / adjective / sto·chas·tic
Stochastic is a technical adjective we use in the English language to describe statistical measurements. This form of measurement uses a series of random probabilities to predict a likely result. Stochastic predictions are not exact and are based on random chance and probability. Scientists, mathematicians, computer programmers and others in the technical field are likely to use stochastic predictions to complete complex mathematical equations and solutions using random variables and probabilities.
In a Sentence
The mathematics professor lectured his students on the likelihood of random results using stochastic predictions.
They used stochastic predictions to determine the likelihood of the rocket launching successfully.
We see the first use of stochastic in the early 19th century around 1934. Stochastic carries the same meaning now as it did at the time of its introduction into language. The word has always been used to represent technical probabilities and random predictions based on a set of variable data.