from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mathematics A mathematical variable whose value is determined by the value assumed by an independent variable.
- n. Statistics The observed variable in an experiment or study whose changes are determined by the presence or degree of one or more independent variables.
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- n. In an equation, the variable whose value depends on one or more variables in the equation.
- n. an outcome measured to see the effectiveness of the treatment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a varying quantity whose changes are arbitrary, but are regarded as produced by changes in another variable, which is called the
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- n. (statistics) a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value depends on the independent variable
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Using a structured questionnaire, Neal Gross, who did most of the data gathering, interviewed each respondent as to when the farmer decided to adopt hybrid corn (the year of adoption was to become the main dependent variable in the data analysis), the communication channels used at each stage in the innovation-decision process, and how much of the farmer’s corn acreage was planted in hybrid (rather than open-pollinated seed) each year.
Marketing diffusion scholars have pioneered in identifying a new dependent variable for their analyses, the amount of time required to reach critical mass for a new product in a nation this variable is called “time-to-take-off”.
Innovativeness, the main dependent variable in much past diffusion research, now becomes a predictor of a more ultimate dependent variable, the consequences of innovation.