independent variable


Definition of independent variable

: a mathematical variable that is independent of the other variables in an expression or function and whose value determines one or more of the values of the other variables

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Recent Examples on the Web But hoarding is a dependent variable, as the economists would say, while the independent variable, that is, the factor causing the hoarding, was supply uncertainty or more prosaically, fear. Michael Lynch, Forbes, "Dollars Or Barrels: The OPEC+ Challenge," 11 Mar. 2021 This property, where the change in value of a variable (its derivative) is proportional to itself for a unit change in an independent variable, is characteristic of an exponential curve. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Natural Law and Elegant Math’," 17 Jan. 2020 So awareness is something that's the independent variable. CBS News, "Transcript: Chris Krebs talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 26 June 2019 But since the league tables themselves are one of its main determinants, reputation is not an obviously independent variable. The Economist, "How global university rankings are changing higher education," 17 May 2018 Whatever variation remains driven by independent variables of interest suggests a protest vote. Elizabeth R. Nugent, Washington Post, "How did voters register their protest in Egypt’s presidential election?," 16 Apr. 2018 The only real deficit comes on the glass; the defensive rebounding issues that plagued Atlanta for years followed Horford to Boston, isolating the independent variable involved. Ben Golliver And Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2018: Nos. 30-11," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of independent variable

1816, in the meaning defined above

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15 Mar 2021

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“Independent variable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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