Stochastic

Use this forum to discuss past Good Words.
DavidLJ
Junior Lexiterian
Posts: 18
Joined: Thu May 30, 2013 2:26 am

Stochastic

Postby DavidLJ » Thu May 30, 2013 2:07 pm

I was a bit surprised, and am not convinced, by the definitions offered for "stochastic." Here's the entry:

1. Random. 2. Following a random distribution pattern, such that its probability may be analyzed statistically, but not predicted precisely. 3. (Rare) Pertaining to conjecture, speculation.


What I think is missing from all three of these is the element of a stochastic process having a present moment and a built-in mechanism of some kind -- although the concession in definition 2 that such a process "may be analysed statistically" does get a good deal of the way there. (I see that I've used the ambiguous word "moment" above, and my subconscious must be at work here: I think that stochastic has an element of moment, i.e. of inertia or past history, as opposed to total randomness, to it.

Perry Lassiter
Grand Panjandrum
Posts: 3035
Joined: Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:41 pm
Location: RUSTON, LA
Contact:

Re: Stochastic

Postby Perry Lassiter » Thu May 30, 2013 7:20 pm

See my note on another post re the electron, whose location or velocity can be statistically guessed at, but not nailed down.
pl

User avatar
Slava
Grand Panjandrum
Posts: 5251
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:31 am
Location: Finger Lakes, NY

Re: Stochastic

Postby Slava » Thu May 30, 2013 9:32 pm

Here is the link to the Word of the Day that caused this thread.


Return to “Good Word Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: George Kovac and 6 guests