reference group

noun Sociology.
a group with which an individual identifies and whose values the individual accepts as guiding principles.

1940–45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Main Entry:  reference group
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in sociology, a group with which one identifies and shares attitudes, beliefs, or ideals; also, a group which a person hopes to join's 21st Century Lexicon
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But when a reference group includes people who pull down six or even seven-figure incomes, that's trouble.
For all categorical variables, you need to decide which category to use as the reference group.
Use these options to choose your reference group for the categorical variables.
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