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A convenient term for a series of random disturbances borrowed through communication engineering, from the theory of sound. In communication theory noise results in the possibility of a signal sent, x, being different from the signal received, y, and the latter has a probability distribution conditional upon x. If the disturbances consist of impulses at random intervals it is sometimes known as “shot noise”.

Source Publication:
A Dictionary of Statistical Terms, 5th edition, prepared for the International Statistical Institute by F.H.C. Marriott. Published for the International Statistical Institute by Longman Scientific and Technical.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Sunday, May 26, 2002