continuous variable

(noun) In statistical analysis, a variable where cases can take on any numerical value in a range and the difference between values is comparable.

Example: A 10 degree Celsius temperature is 10 degrees cooler than a 20 degree temperature. The actual heat of a typical kitchen oven measured in degrees Celsius can take on infinite possible values roughly between room temperature and 300 degrees.

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  • Plural: continuous variables
  • A continuous variable can be a fraction as opposed to a discrete variable that must be a whole number.
  • Continuous variable used in a sentence: In statistics class, we study the time it takes students to complete a test as a continuous variable because each student will take a different amount of time.

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