Statistical Weight

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statistical weight

[stə′tis·tə·kəl ′wāt]
A number assigned to each value or range of values of a given quantity, giving the number of times this value or range of values is found to be observed.
(statistical mechanics)
The number of microscopic states that correspond to a given macroscopic state.
A multiplicative factor in the expression for the probability of finding a system in a given quantum state, usually equal to the number of degenerate substates contained in the state.

Statistical Weight


In quantum mechanics and quantum statistical mechanics, the statistical weight is the number of different quantum states with a given energy—that is. the degree of degeneracy. If the energy assumes a continuous series of values, the statistical weight is understood as the number of states in a given energy range. In classical statistical mechanics, the size of a volume element of phase space is sometimes called the statistical weight.

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In the research study entitled 'The influence of study habits in academic achievement', which deals with the influence that intelligence and motivation (ie the strength of one's willpower) have in school report cards, it is concluded that motivation has more statistical weight than intelligence.
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As a result, the researchers did not have the number of participants in each group they would have liked to give the findings statistical weight.
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