explanatory variable

  

Definition

Alternative term for independent variable.

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  • There may be an explanatory variable that changes how everything else operates even though it is just a small thing.

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  • Using the explanatory variable I am able to compare the results of my experiment to that of the control group and come to a conclusion about my hypothesis.

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  • I had to figure out what the explanatory variable was in the equation, so I would be able to figure everything out.

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