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Etymology 1[edit]

From the Ancient Greek Τωβίτ (Tōbít), from Hebrew טוֹבִּי (tovi, literally my good).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A book of the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox canon of the Old Testament, considered apocryphal by Protestants.
  2. (rare) A male given name.
    • :
      I Tobit have walked all the days of my life in the ways of truth and justice, and I did many almsdeeds to my brethren, and my nation, who came with me to Nineve, into the land of the Assyrians.

Etymology 2[edit]

Coined by A. S. Goldberg in 1964[1] as these type of models were first proposed by James Tobin [2] and are similar to probit models.


Tobit (uncountable)

  1. (statistics) a model where the dependent variable is censored.


  1. ^ Goldberg, A. S. (1964) Econometric Theory, John Wiley & Sons
  2. ^ Tobin, James (1958), “Estimation of relationships for limited dependent variables”, in Econometrica[1], volume 26, issue 1, The Econometric Society, DOI:10.2307/1907382, pages 24–36