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numeric variable

Definition of Numeric Variable

(noun) An attribute or value that is described using a number.

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Numeric Variable Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: nu·mer·ic var·i·a·ble

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /nu-mAIR-ik vAIR-ee-uh-buhl/
  • British English – /nyoo-mE-rik vEUH-riuh-buhl/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /nuˈmɛrɪk ˈvɛriəbəl/
  • British English – /nju(ː)ˈmɛrɪk ˈveərɪəbl/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: numeric variables
  • Numeric variables are used in quantitative research.
  • Numeric variables are used in response to “how many” or “how much” questions, such as “How many times a week do you drink coffee?” or “How much do you weigh?”.
  • Also called numerical variable.

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Cite the Definition of Numeric Variable

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “numeric variable.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 27, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/numeric-variable/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

numeric variable. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/numeric-variable/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “numeric variable.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 27, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/numeric-variable/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“numeric variable.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 27 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/numeric-variable/>.