lurking variable

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A variable that correlates with the independent variable and the dependent variable in a statistical model. Lurking variables must be accounted for in statistical experiments, so that they do not generate false positives or otherwise generate non-meaningful results. Also called confounding variables.

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There was a lurking variable to watch out for and we all knew we had to keep our eyes open to see it.
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The lurking variable was analyzed to ensure it did not disturb the quality of the data we had already analyzed.
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Sometimes there may be something that could affect your product at any time and is a lurking variable you need to be ready for.
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