Definitions
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
 adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by conjecture; conjectural.
 adj. Statistics Involving or containing a random variable or variables: stochastic calculus.
 adj. Statistics Involving chance or probability: a stochastic stimulation.
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 adj. Random, randomly determined, relating to stochastics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
 adj. Conjectural; able to conjecture.
 adj. random; chance; involving probability; opposite of
deterministic .  adj. of or pertaining to a process in which a series of calculations, selections, or observations are made, each one being randomly determined as a sample from a probability distribution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
 Conjectural; given to or partaking of conjecture.
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 adj. being or having a random variable
Etymologies
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Examples

The experimental technique has entered the annals of science under the name of "stochastic cooling."

The irregular trend in integrated series is known as a stochastic trend as opposed to a simple linear deterministic time trend.

It seems farfetched, but it's based on a physical principle called stochastic resonance.

Pearle's approach requires the precise formulation of the idea of stochastic Lorentz invariance.

Alexander develops the notion of stochastic technÃª further in his commentary on Aristotle's Topics.

He calls stochastic, then, the sorts of technÃª whose task is to try everything possible to achieve their goal, the realization of the goal being subject to chance.

This is analogous to a paradoxical physical phenomenon known as stochastic resonance, in which an increase in noise enhances the detection of weak signals.

However, it was shown that the correction of the fluctuation of the average position of a great many particles was sufficient to produce a cooling effect, hence the name stochastic cooling.

From a technical analysis viewpoint, KASB Securities analyst Aiyaz Hassan said gold's socalled stochastic oscillator  an indicator of momentum in prices  has generated a buy signal for the precious metal.

One thing to note from the stochastic is the bearish aggression that brought the oscillator oversold.
jwjarvis commented on the word stochastic
work encompassed by the "stochastic arts"those that "diagnose and fix things that are variable, complex, and not of our own making." He includes in this category mechanics and medical practitioners and those with other occupations which, because of the constant risk of failure, at least potentially prevent selfabsorption, and instead "cultivate not creativity, but the less glamorous virtue of attentiveness"
May 19, 2010
dontcry commented on the word stochastic
Funny, this came up when I was 'randoming.'
October 21, 2009