dependent variable

[ dih-pen-duhnt vair-ee-uh-buhl ]

  1. 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 = 3x2.: Compare independent variable (def. 1).

  2. 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).

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Origin of dependent variable

First recorded in 1850–55

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British Dictionary definitions for dependent variable

dependent variable

  1. 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

  2. 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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Scientific definitions for dependent variable

dependent variable

[ dĭ-pĕndənt ]

  1. 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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