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This weeks word comes directly from a past Thursday ThrongerSadie S Forsyth – who used it on Twitter. I spotted her heart wrenching tweet about never having to use it (together with Multicollinearity) ever again and asked if I might requisition them as they sounded just perfect for this weekly spot. I hadn’t the faintest idea what they meant – but they just rolled around my head beautifully just waiting for one of many possible alternative meanings.

This week’s word is HETEROSCEDASTICITY, it is an adjective and is pronounced ‘het-eh-row-sked-ass-tiss-it-ee’

The word heteroscedasticity a mathematical/statistical term meaning something that has several distributions with multiple variances often involving cross-sectional data or time series data.

Examples of the word heteroscedasticity

  • Heteroscedasticity often arises in the analysis of cross-sectional data
  • The topic of heteroscedasticity standard errors arises in statistics and econometrics

Origins of the word heteroscedasticity

It is created by a combination of the word hetero- and scedastic, which comes from the Greek word skedasis meaning a scattering or dispersal

What’s your alternative take on the word heteroscedasticity?

My alternative meaning for the word is “Sexually flexible.  Do you have one that you’d like to share?

Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org.

Now, If you would like to see previous Weekly Word’s you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word

Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Social Entrepreneur and Founder of the Hysterectomy Association; Social Media Strategist at Internet Mentor; Speaker; Writer and Author of Eight Books; Blogger at http://womanontheedgeofreality.com and all round diva. Phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

You can find out more about me (and perhaps connect) at http://www.linkedin.com/in/lindaph

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