prognosticator

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prognosticator someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prognosticator One who prognosticates; a foreknower or foreteller of a future course or event by present signs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prognosticator A foreknower or foreteller of future events by present signs; a soothsayer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prognosticator a predictor of future events, esp. a weather prophet
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—pro, before, gignōskein, to know.

Usage

In literature:

Has there been a better rule of prognosticating what he would do, than to examine what he ought not to do?
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
If this was a sample of the sympathy he might expect at head-quarters, Moss's prognostications, after all, were not quite baseless.
"The Master of the Shell" by Talbot Baines Reed
Swartboy prognosticated favourably from this.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
These may be divided into several classes, varying much in comparative severity, and in prognostic importance.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
She would have spoiled my Eden with her prognostications of possible evil.
"The Moving Finger" by Mary Gaunt
No one, however, paid much attention to his prognostications of evil.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
On the afternoon of the day they sailed, the sky looked wildish, and the master prognosticated either wind or heavy rain.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
It was a prognostic of success.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
His prognostications proved too true.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Stanley's forebodings and Massan's prognostications proved partly incorrect on the following morning.
"Ungava" by R.M. Ballantyne
The consequence was, that in spite of the doctor's prognostications, Paul rapidly improved.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
She, however, declared she had "long prognosticated it would come to this;" and she "only thanked heaven it was no worse.
"A Simple Story" by Mrs. Inchbald
To the most adroit political prognosticators the situation was confused.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Rube's prognostication proved correct: the night came down dark and lowering.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
They have, with a generally noticeable peculiarity, disappointed the most oracular prognostications.
"The Education of American Girls" by Anna Callender Brackett
The old captain's warnings had been neglected, and his prognostications were thus terribly fulfilled.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
They were not wrong in their prognostications.
"The Story of Nelson" by W.H.G. Kingston
This conflagration was prognosticated by many signs and portents.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James
A violent storm is prognosticated by a red flag with a black centre.
"The Flags of the World" by F. Edward Hulme
The attentive husband may judge by certain prognostics when the storm is nigh at hand.
"Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself, Volume II (of 2)" by Benjamin Franklin
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In poetry:

But a violent storm of rain or snow
I can prognosticate,
For the sign will never fail, I know,
When this is Polly's pate.
"My Barometer" by Carolyn Wells
My good companions, never fear;
For though you may mistake a year,
Though your prognostics run too fast,
They must be verify'd at last.
"Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D." by Jonathan Swift
Measure the sun as with a chain,
Prognosticate the snow, the rain;
Distance the earth from pole to pole,
And mark the seasons as they roll.
"Creation Light" by James Madison Bell

In news:

East Marshall coach Christian Grandgenett's early prognostication wasn't great, though his boys' team had still attained one of the main goals Monday.
We're treading water here at Pigskin Prognosticators Headquarters both literally and figuratively.
Among the variety of reasons why prognosticators think the Ravens will have the advantage against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday is Byron Leftwich's long windup .
HistoRx licensed a biomarker-based prognostic melanoma assay from Yale University .
Used since 1818 and known only to the almanac 's prognosticator, the formula considers mathematical and astronomical factors and sunspot activity, tidal action of the moon and positioning of the planets, said Sandi Duncan, managing editor.
The Longhorn football team and its players are being overlooked in almost every preseason poll and prognostication.
I learned a hard lesson last week about being a self-appointed, workplace baseball prognosticator: Sometimes those bold predictions can come back to haunt you.
But it seems he wasn't quite as sharp when it came to pop-culture prognostication.
Every year at this time, analysts, prognosticators and pundits alike try to size up the year ahead in technology.
In 2009, the greatest prognosticator in the history of Central Michigan Football, myself, suffered the shame of going 13 - 1 with my predictions.
EAGLE LAKE — After 50 years of watching geese flock to this area as an annual test of the shooting skills of waterfowl hunters, Clifton Tyler has developed pretty accurate prognostication abilities.
Among pundits and prognosticators – as well as the public at large – there's an expectation that President Obama will win reelection, despite the fact that the race is still a virtual tie, nationally.
Automated FDD with prognostics analyzes diagnostic data from sensors and generates trend lines to predict possible failures.
Wall Street has kicked its prognostication season and top strategists predict stock investors will see another year of double-digit gains or suffer small losses in the New Year.
Groundhog Club handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog , during the 126th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa.
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In science:

It is well known that the Dirac equation succeed in many important prognostics .
New exact solution of Dirac-Coulomb equation with exact boundary condition
Prostate brachytherapy involves implanting radioactive seeds (I125 for instance) permanently in the gland for the treatment of localized prostate cancers e.g. cT1c-T2a N0 M0 with good prognostic factors.
MRI/TRUS data fusion for prostate brachytherapy. Preliminary results
Use of gene-expression profiling to identify prognostic subclasses in adult acute myeloid leukemia.
Graph Kernels
If there are other prognostic factors influencing the outcomes, in the absence of stratified randomization, the number of patients on each treatment within the level of a prognostic factor would be a random variable.
Multi-center clinical trials: Randomization and ancillary statistics
In general, the method of analysis to adjust for a prognostic variable is to condition on the ancillary statistics.
Multi-center clinical trials: Randomization and ancillary statistics
When there are two or more prognostic variables, the conditioning can account for interactions between the prognostic variables.
Multi-center clinical trials: Randomization and ancillary statistics
This prognostic method assumes that phase diagram points corresponding to the same temperature would have (approximately) the same ratio of ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic interactions.
Critical Behavior of the Three-Dimensional Ising model with Anisotropic Bond Randomness at the Ferromagnetic-Paramagnetic Transition Line
Current Status and Prognostications That said, recent progress has been outstanding, and I list here five major experiments that all of us would agree have provided big breakthroughs.
CIW Cosmology Symposium: Conference Summary -- Observations
To prognosticate about the future is a notorious business.
Computers and Liquid State Statistical Mechanics
Morris, J., Yin, G., Baggerly, K., Wu, C., and Zhang, L. (2004), “Pooling information across different studies and oligonucleotide microarray chip types to identify prognostic genes for lung cancer,” in Methods of Microarray Data Analysis III, eds.
Quality assessment for short oligonucleotide microarray data
A number of recent articles have investigated the prognostic relevance of the BCR/ ABL fusion in adult ALL of the B-cell lineage .
Multiple tests of association with biological annotation metadata
Leading prognostic relevance of the BCR-ABL translocation in adult acute B-lineage lymphoblastic leukemia: A prospective study of the German Multicenter Trial Group and confirmed polymerase chain reaction analysis.
Multiple tests of association with biological annotation metadata
Limitations of the odds ratio in gauging the performance of a diagnostic, prognostic, or screening marker.
A study of pre-validation
The limitations of risk factors as prognostic tools.
A study of pre-validation
While these correlations are certainly reasonable to consider, it might have been more direct to compare candidate blocking schemes on the basis of the variance in d(Z, ·)’s they would entail, preferring those schemes that offer lesser mean-square imbalances on key prognostic variables.
Covariate Balance in Simple, Stratified and Clustered Comparative Studies
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