Mathematics. a variable in a functional relation whose value determines the value or values of other variables, as x in the relation y = 3x2.Compare dependent variable (def. 1).
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Origin of independent variable
First recorded in 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for independent variable
Also called: argument a variable in a mathematical equation or statement whose value determines that of the dependent variable: in y = f(x), x is the independent variable
Also called: predictor statistics the variable which an experimenter deliberately manipulates in order to observe its relationship with some other quantity, or which defines the distinct conditions in an experimentSee also experimental condition
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Scientific definitions for independent variable
[ ĭn′dĭ-pĕn′dənt ]
In mathematics, a variable whose value determines the value of other variables. For example, in the formula for the area of a circle, A = πr2, r is the independent variable, as its value determines the value of the area (A). Compare dependent variable.
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