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## estimate

[es´tĭ-ma]**1.**a rough calculation or one based on incomplete data.

**2.**a statistic used to characterize the value of a population parameter. Called also estimator.

**3.**(es´tĭ-māt) to produce or use such a calculation or statistic.

## es·ti·mate

(es'tĭ-māt),**1.**A measurement or a statement about the value of some quantity that is known, believed, or suspected to incorporate some degree of error.

**2.**The result of applying any estimator to a random sample of data. It is not a random variable but a realization of one, a fixed quantity, and it has no variance although commonly it also furnishes an estimate of what the variance of the estimator is. (Not to be confused with an estimator, which is a prescription for obtaining an estimate.)

[L.

*aestimo*, pp.*aestimatum*, to appraise]## estimate

/es·ti·mate/**1.**(es´tĭ-mat) a rough calculation or one based on incomplete data.

**2.**(es´tĭ-mat) a statistic used to characterize the value of a population parameter.

**3.**(es´tĭ-māt) to produce or use such a calculation or statistic.

## estimate

A popular term for an educated guess about a thing or process. See Cookie cutter estimate, Demand-based estimate, Objective probability estimate, Subjective probability estimate.## es·ti·mate

(es'ti-măt)**1.**A measurement or a statement about the value of some quantity that is known, believed, or suspected to incorporate some degree of error.

**2.**The result of applying any estimator to a random sample of data. It is not a random variable but a realization of one, a fixed quantity, and it has no variance although commonly it also furnishes an estimate of what the variance of the estimator is. usage note Not to be confused with an estimator, which is a prescription for obtaining an estimate.

[L.

*aestimo*, pp.*aestimatum*, to appraise]## es·ti·mate

(es'ti-măt)**1.**A measurement or a statement about the value of some quantity that is known, believed, or suspected to incorporate some degree of error.

**2.**The result of applying any estimator to a random sample of data.

[L.

*aestimo*, pp.*aestimatum*, to appraise]## estimate

a measurement which is believed likely to incorporate a degree of error.

## Patient discussion about estimate

**Q. Hi friends, I like to estimate my body fat based on my height and weight. ** Hi friends, I like to estimate my body fat based on my height and weight. When I enquired about this I heard about BMI. Though I understood little about it I want to know more about what is BMI and why is it useful?

**A.**the BMI is not a very good method...it only helps if you are an average person. you can gain weight if you start training and still get in shape and loose fat. but it is our only cheap method...there are gyms that hold a way of measuring body fat- maybe try going to one of those?