Robust



adjective
1.
strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous:
a robust young man; a robust faith; a robust mind.
2.
strongly or stoutly built:
his robust frame.
3.
suited to or requiring bodily strength or endurance:
robust exercise.
4.
rough, rude, or boisterous:
robust drinkers and dancers.
5.
rich and full-bodied:
the robust flavor of freshly brewed coffee.
6.
strong and effective in all or most situations and conditions: The system requires robust passwords that contain at least one number or symbol.
Our goal is to devise robust statistical methods.
adjective
1.
strong in constitution; hardy; vigorous
2.
sturdily built: a robust shelter
3.
requiring or suited to physical strength: a robust sport
4.
(esp of wines) having a rich full-bodied flavour
5.
rough or boisterous
6.
(of thought, intellect, etc) straightforward and imbued with common sense

Said of a system that has demonstrated an ability to recover gracefully from the whole range of exceptional inputs and situations in a given environment. One step below bulletproof. Carries the additional connotation of elegance in addition to just careful attention to detail. Compare smart, opposite: brittle.
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