prediction

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prediction the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
    • n prediction a statement made about the future
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A man filed a lawsuit against his doctor because he survived longer than what the doctor had predicted
    • n Prediction The act of foretelling; also, that which is foretold; prophecy. "The predictions of cold and long winters."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Thomas Watson, who was the chairman of IBM in 1943 predicted that their would probably only be a world market for five computers.
    • n prediction The act of predicting or foretelling; a prophecy; declaration concerning future events.
    • n prediction Synonyms Prediction, Prophecy, Divination, Prognostication, augury, vaticination, soothsaying. Prophecy is the highest of these words, ordinarily expressing an inspired foretelling of future events, and only figuratively expressing anything else. It is the only one of them that expresses the power as well as the act: as, the gift of prophecy. Prediction may or may not be an inspired act; it is most commonly used of the foretelling of events in accordance with knowledge gained through scientific investigations or practical experience, and is thus the most general of these words. Divination is the act of an augur or an impostor. Prognostication is the interpretation of signs with reference to the future, especially as to the course of disease. See foretell, prophet, inference.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the past 60 years, the groundhog has only predicted the weather correctly 28% of the time. The rushing back and forth from burrows is believed to indicate sexual activity, not shadow seeking
    • n Prediction act of predicting: that which is predicted or foretold: prophecy
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Quotations

  • T. Boone Pickens
    T. Boone Pickens
    “I've always believed that it's important to show a new look periodically. Predictability can lead to failure.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
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    “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
  • Steve Rivkin
    Steve Rivkin
    “The more unpredictable the world is the more we rely on predictions.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
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    “With high hope for the future, no prediction is ventured.”
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
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    “If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.”
  • Brian Tracy
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    “I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praedictio,: cf. F. prédiction,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. prædictus, pa.p. of prædicĕrepræ, before, dicĕre, to say.

Usage

In literature:

Weyler had failed as Martinez Campos, when leaving the island, predicted.
"Cuba, Old and New" by Albert Gardner Robinson
Predictions have been made frequently that our woodlands would soon disappear.
"The School Book of Forestry" by Charles Lathrop Pack
This love on the part of the princess tends to the fulfilment of the prediction.
"Hindoo Tales" by Translated by P. W. Jacob
The names were precisely those which the "fortune-teller" had predicted.
"J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 3" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
But despite our caution trouble befell us, as our burgher friend had predicted.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
This mode of feeling already justified the prediction.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
I had predicted straying horses.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
I predict that the excitement of battle will be good for you, sir; it will force you out of yourself.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
The course of circumstances can never be exactly predicted.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
Dr. Arnold predicted that a Niebuhr of Jewish literature would arise.
"The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible" by R. Heber Newton
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In poetry:

Lo, former scenes, predicted once,
Conspicuous rise to view;
And future scenes, predicted now,
Shall be accomplished too.
"Hymn VI. Behold! th' Ambassador Divine" by John Logan
How do carp resolve the eel and terror here?
They face so many times this brown-ribbed fall of leaves
predicting weather foreign as a shark or prawn
and floating still above them in the paling sun.
"Underwater Autumn" by Richard F Hugo
First Jew. He comes, he comes! the long predicted prince,
Cyrus! the destined instument of Heaven,
To free our captive nation, and restore
Jehovah's temple. Carnage marks his way,
And conquest sits upon his plume-crown'd helm.
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Believing, in the midst of our afflictions,
That death is a beginning, not an end,
We cry to them, and send
Farewells, that better might be called predictions,
Being fore-shadowings of the future, thrown
Into the vast Unknown.
"In The Harbour: Auf Wiedersehen" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I'm a century old and more to-day--
A ripe old age for a modern man,--
Yet they who rocked my cradle, they say,
Predicted a thousand years my span;
They christened me at the fount of prayer,
And gave me a star-gemmed robe to wear.
"Uncle Sam's Soliloquy" by Madge Morris Wagner
The ship pitched heavily and could be felt touching the ground,
Then Captain Gordon warned the Sergeant-Major and officers all round,
That they might expect a storm, to him it seemed plain;
And, as he predicted, it blew a terrific hurricane.
"The Wreck of the 'Abercrombie Robinson'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

I n the most predictable demographic revolution ever, the Census Bureau reported that nonwhite babies now make up a majority of all births.
It isn't surprising that Obama and his economic advisors' predictions have been so wrong.
Love Astrologer Gives 2011 Hollywood Couple Predictions.
Obama 348, Romney 190: UAH astrophysicist , who got it right twice before, predicts electoral results.
Sure, the NFL playoffs have been wacky and hard to predict.
No matter the predictions, it only takes one storm.
The Chicago Jazz Festival, which opens Thursday, became predictable years ago.
A time to predict and prognosticate.
A time to dig out last year's predictions and prognostications.
I'm going to make a bold prediction.
England manager Roy Hodgson goes into Euro 2012 with few pundits predicting success.
Predictive Dialing's Dead Air .
For 2010, the American Cancer Society predicts 1,529,560 new cancer cases and 569,490 cancer deaths.
Last night's first presidential debate ratified several predictions I made in an op-ed piece published Oct 3: Both men would wear dark suits and white shirts.
Latest SEC games debunk predictions' value.
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In science:

In particular, the predictions of the Gequation model for flame propagation may differ significantly from the predictions of a reaction-diffusion-advection model [10, 19].
Homogenization of the G-equation with incompressible random drift in two dimensions
Unlike Random Matrix Theory, which only predicts the main term, the Ratios Conjecture detects the arithmetic of the family and makes detailed predictions about their dependence in the lower order terms.
Modeling Convolutions of $L$-Functions
BPM 4 readings predicted from other BPMs in the beamline: I predicted vs I measured (top left), Q predicted vs Q measured (top right), I residual (bottom left), Q residual (bottom right).
Results from a Prototype Chicane-Based Energy Spectrometer for a Linear Collider
This paper brings space weather prediction close to earthquake (EQ) prediction research.
Solar wind triggering of geomagnetic disturbances and strong (M>6.8) earthquakes during the November - December 2004 period
The question addressed in this paper is the possible synergy between space whether prediction and earthquake prediction resea rch.
Solar wind triggering of geomagnetic disturbances and strong (M>6.8) earthquakes during the November - December 2004 period
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