Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Word of the Day -- Stochastic

So, there I was reading a critique of PowerPoint, as the ubiquitous software that makes everyone fall asleep (PowerPoint Karaoke - which I thought was just the habit of reading the slides aloud as if the audience was illiterate, but apparently it's a real (?) game/technique to train people by giving them a random ("stochastic"?) presentation to deliver sight-unseen) or dumb or dead (see Edward Tufte's critiques), and I found a reference, ironic, to stochastic, which sent me to -- where else? - Wikipedia, where I discover that stochastic means "random" or "taking a guess or stab or aim at."



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