• WordNet 3.6
    • n predictor a computer for controlling antiaircraft fire that computes the position of an aircraft at the instant of a shell's arrival
    • n predictor information that supports a probabilistic estimate of future events "the weekly bulletin contains several predictors of mutual fund performance"
    • n predictor someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Predictor One who predicts; a foreteller.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n predictor One who predicts or foretells; one who prophesies.
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In literature:

But, whether he has not been the cause of this poor man's death, as well as the predictor, may be very reasonably disputed.
"The Battle of the Books and Other Short Pieces" by Jonathan Swift
But whether he has not been the cause of this poor man's death, as well as the predictor, may be very reasonably disputed.
"The Bickerstaff-Partridge Papers" by Jonathan Swift
Every psychologist will tell you that past violent behaviour is the best predictor of future recidivism.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
The anonymous predictor, whoever he was, was a man of no mean ability.
"Fifty Per Cent Prophet" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Hooker indeed seemed to have done what no predictor of events should do; he fixed on the period of its accomplishment.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
One of his earliest winning mounts was in 1836, a horse named Predictor.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie
And here we return again to take a new survey of him in the course of his public practice as a predictor.
"The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campell" by Daniel Defoe

In news:

Short Sleep Duration as an Independent Predictor of Cardiovascular Events in Japanese Patients With Hypertension.
One of many quirky election year predictors is based on which candidate's likeness sells better as a Halloween mask.
Based on the exit polls, race and ethnicity are a better predictor of candidate preference than gender.
Still, some thought the find might be enough to finally reward the Higgs predictors, including Peter Higgs, the 83-year-old theorist from Scotland's University of Edinburgh who forecast the boson 's existence in 1964.
Hour-by-hour rainfall total predictor slideshow.
The best predictor of the future is the past.
Going back to James Coleman's influential 1966 report?Equality of Educational Opportunity?-- have long identified poverty as a strong predictor of student achievement.
There is no predictor for the whims of senior night.
And while many fret about the pass rush, research has shown that the top predictor of playoff success is the ability to stop the run, which the 49ers do fairly well.
In both populations, initial compliance was the strongest predictor of sustained compliance.
Heart Attack Predictor Could Save Lives.
The Most Important Predictor for Increasing Sales.
Model UN Predictor of Things to Come.
Klimczuk is the top predictor .
Treasuries As Predictor And, Maybe, Shocker.

In science:

However, our results, as well as work in progress mentioned above, suggest that the continuity/discontinuity of the spine is a predictor for the complexity of the restricted classes of decision algorithms that can be simulated by “resolution -like ” proof systems.
Spines of Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems: Definition and Connection with Computational Complexity
This fact becomes apparent in multivariable prediction theory where the variance of optimal least-variance predictors depends on the choice of the time-arrow [6, Remark 3].
The maximum entropy ansatz in the absence of a time arrow: fractional pole models
This is completely analogous to the Szeg ¨o-Kolmogorov setting where optimal one-step ahead predictors (which use only past observations) exist when log f ∈ L1 otherwise the least variance is not attained but can be gotten arbitrarily closely [7, Chapter II].
The maximum entropy ansatz in the absence of a time arrow: fractional pole models
The X ’s play the role of covariate or “predictor” and lie in some abstract space X , while the Y ’s are interpreted as a class label and are either 0 or 1.
Nonparametric Bayesian Classification
Large amplitude photometric variability is an excellent predictor of IR excess in this sample.
The Variability and Rotation of Pre-main Sequence Stars in IC 348: Does Intracluster Environment Influence Stellar Rotation?