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dependent variable

Mathematics. a variable in a functional relation whose value is determined by the values assumed by other variables in the relation, as y in the relation y = 3 x 2 .
Compare independent variable (def 1).
Statistics. (in an experiment) the event studied and expected to change when the independent variable is changed.
Compare independent variable (def 2), control variable (def 1).
Origin of dependent variable
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for dependent variable
  • The independent variable of one function is the dependent variable of the other.
  • Thus, it is neither normally distributed nor has a linear relationship to my dependent variable.
  • It is only a mathematically dependent variable.
  • This variable (gender) and many others enjoys covariate, not causal relations with the dependent variable.
  • In a correlation, it does not matter which is independent and which is the dependent variable.
  • We have two dependent variables: income and math skills.
  • Here, the independent variable is the length of the straw and the dependent variable is the distance traveled by the spitball.
  • Perhaps you would measure a different, but related dependent variable or evaluate a new independent variable.
  • Maternal employment status would seem to be an independent variable rather than a dependent variable.
  • The patient is the dependent variable in this equation.
British Dictionary definitions for dependent variable

dependent variable

a variable in a mathematical equation or statement whose value depends on that taken on by the independent variable: in "y = f(x)", "y'"is the dependent variable
(psychol, statistics) the variable measured by the experimenter. It is controlled by the value of the independent variable, of which it is an index
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dependent variable in Science
dependent variable
In mathematics, a variable whose value is determined by the value of an independent variable. For example, in the formula for the area of a circle, A = πr2, A is the dependent variable, as its value depends on the value of the radius (r). Compare independent variable.
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