random


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

random

 [ran´dum]
pertaining to a chance-dependent process.

ran·dom

(ran'dŏm),
1. Governed by chance; used of a process in which the outcome is indeterminate but may assume any of a set of values (the domain) with probabilities specifiable in advance. Although the random process is widely used in probability theory, empiric justification for the term is more complicated. The minimum requirement is that repeated realization of the process will settle down to a stable distribution or, if not metric, a stable set of frequencies if the trait is classifiable only.
2.
[M.E. randon, speed, errancy, fr. O. Fr. randir, to run, fr. Germanic]

random

/ran·dom/ (ran´dom) pertaining to a chance-dependent process, particularly one that occurs according to a known probability distribution.

random

Occurring by chance alone–ie, not by design, pattern, plan, or selection Clinical trials Referring to a formal chance process in which previous events have no bearing on future events. See Random allocation, Randomized trial.

ran·dom

(ran'dŏm)
Governed by chance; denotes a process in which outcome is indeterminate.
[M.E. randon, speed, errancy, fr. O. Fr. randir, to run, fr. Germanic]

random

unplanned, without direction or purpose.

random assignment
random mating
where each member of the population has an equal opportunity of mating with every member of the opposite sex.
random numbers
a list of numbers obtained by a standard randomization procedure; used commonly to select individual animals from a pack.
random sample
see random sample.
random sampling
a procedure for selecting units from a group in such a way that each unit has an equal chance of being selected in the sample.
random selection
selection in such a way as to produce a random sample.
random variable
a group or quantity that takes various values, each with varying probabilities.
References in periodicals archive ?
It's tempting to take random numbers for granted but that would be a mistake.
A random item link provides a succinct, if very partial, answer to the question, "What sort of thing is in this information system?
Lakshmikantham, Coupled random fixed point theorems for nonlinear contraction in partially ordered metric spaces, Stoch.
The procedures to generate TRNGs often measure a random physical occurrence, such as radioactive decay or atmospheric noise, although the use of dice or coin flipping is still used.
Random numbers are used to generate cryptographic keys - if you can guess the numbers, you can break the security of the keys.
A random walk with drift is a simple extension of the random walk benchmark that accounts for a trend (upward or downward) in the series [y.
Gail Rebuck, Chairman and CEO, The Random House Group, said: "The launch of Random House Knowledge is yet another clear indicator, alongside our extended local publishing and recently expanded publishing team, of our commitment to develop and grow Random House India which we see as a key market in our future plans.
In addition to random assignment, investigators may want to control these disorders by excluding them from the study.
Random House Struik will publish fiction and non-fiction books written in both English and Afrikaans.
Carter Lumber denied the allegations, but paid Random Lengths $300,000 and was enjoined by the court from copying or retransmitting Random Lengths' reports and from distributing reports derived from Random Lengths' publications.
Possible solutions How can random assignment be made feasible and palatable?
represented Random House in the 15-year leasing transaction valued at over $7 million.

Full browser ?