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Dependent Variable

What is Dependent Variable?

The dependent variable is the factor being measured in a study, anticipated to change in response to alterations in the independent variable. For instance, in a scenario where the design of a product is modified (the independent variable), researchers observe whether this change affects user satisfaction levels (the dependent variable).

Synonyms: Predicted variable

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Why is Dependent Variable Important?

  • Focus on Outcome: It represents the primary factor being measured in a study, highlighting the response researchers aim to understand or predict.
  • Cause-and-effect Analysis: By observing changes in the dependent variable in response to manipulations of the independent variable, researchers can analyze cause-and-effect relationships.
  • Outcome Evaluation: The dependent variable serves as a benchmark for assessing the success of interventions or treatments, guiding decisions about future actions or designs.

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