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Of or relating to a system or process whose overall statistical properties can be determined by analysis of a sufficiently large sample of the states of one of its constituents or instances averaged over time.
[German Ergode, a set of points in a space with the property that all points will be included in a trajectory with equal frequency given a sufficient large number of trajectories (coined by Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann from Greek ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots + Greek hodos, way, path) + -ic.]
(Mathematics) maths of or relating to the probability that any state will recur
adj. Math., Statistics.
pertaining to the condition that, in an interval of sufficient duration, a system will return to states that are closely similar to previous ones: the basis of statistical methods used in modern dynamics and atomic theory.
er`go•dic′i•ty (-gəˈdɪs ɪ ti) n.
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|Adj.||1.||ergodic - positive recurrent aperiodic state of stochastic systems; tending in probability to a limiting form that is independent of the initial conditions|
statistics - a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters
random - lacking any definite plan or order or purpose; governed by or depending on chance; "a random choice"; "bombs fell at random"; "random movements"