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randomness

(1)
An inexplicable misfeature; gratuitous inelegance.

randomness

(2)
A hack or crock that depends on a complex combination of coincidences (or, possibly, the combination upon which the crock depends for its accidental failure to malfunction). "This hack can output characters 40--57 by putting the character in the four bit accumulator field of an XCT and then extracting six bits - the low 2 bits of the XCT opcode are the right thing." "What randomness!"

randomness

(3)
Of people, synonymous with "flakiness". The connotation is that the person so described is behaving weirdly, incompetently, or inappropriately for reasons which are (a) too tiresome to bother inquiring into, (b) are probably as inscrutable as quantum phenomena anyway, and (c) are likely to pass with time. "Maybe he has a real complaint, or maybe it's just randomness. See if he calls back."
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It is useful to consider randomness in two key mathematical contexts: random ness as used in chance devices (where it is theoretically possible to generate infinite populations from single trials), and randomness in measurement context (where there is a finite population of fixed yet undetermined values that sampling aims to discern).
A popular conceptualization of randomness is not having a governing design, method, or purpose; unsystematic; without cause.
By deliberately inserting randomness into your choices for route selection, you'll negate the insurgents' ability to predict your choices.
To do so, it is necessary to look more closely at these two ideas: design and randomness.
Postmodern choreographer Rudy Perez was also on the bill with Shifts, a reworking from 2003, in which five dancers' gambits blossomed from pedestrian moves and arched-back poses into hops and extended balances, suggesting themes of isolation and the randomness of life.
The story in the Times-Dispatch emphasized the seeming randomness of the shooting incident, saying that the teen had just gone outside that night because it was hot, and he wanted to get on his bike and ride.
From a property standpoint, the randomness of the potential act makes it difficult to use traditional insurance modeling techniques.
Though we must admit to an inevitable (but critical) randomness of selection, it may help to give some notion of the processes of research and taxonomy.
95) considers statistics using a step-by-step approach to understanding the basics, from jargon and formulas to understanding randomness and the right ways to obtain and analyze data.
The stimulus for eliciting moral and intellectual response to randomness from both readers and characters in this text is terrorism: the blowing up of an Air France flight in an abortive hijack attempt, the gruesome deaths of the hostages taken as bargaining chips from the flight, and the tortured memories of the children spared from the inferno that the airplane became.
It is obviously necessary to recognize the randomness of our archives and the tentative nature of our hypotheses, but it also the case that despite these limitations we must continue to draw conclusions.