Definition of Dependent Variable
Example of Dependent Variable
- To determine the relationship between age and yearly income, age is the independent variable and yearly income is the dependent variable, because an individual’s income cannot change their age but their age can change their income. For example, a 12-year old typically has a lower yearly income than a 30-year old.
Dependent Variable Pronunciation
Syllabification: de·pen·dent var·i·a·ble
- American English – /di-pEn-duhnt vAIR-ee-uh-buhl/
- British English – /di-pEn-duhnt vEUH-riuh-buhl/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /dɪˈpɛndənt ˈvɛriəbəl/
- British English – /dɪˈpɛndənt ˈveərɪəbl/
- Plural: dependent variables
- The variable to be explained is the dependent variable and the variable that produces the effect being explained is the independent variable.
- In a mathematical equation, the dependent variable is typically represented with a “y.”
- Also called outcome variable.
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- Word origin of “dependent” and “variable” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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