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Dependent Variable

In an experimental design, the independent variable is the variable that is manipulated by the experimenter to determine its relationship to an observed phenomenon, called the dependent variable. More generally, the independent variable is the “cause,” while dependent variable is the “effect” of the independent variable.

The dependent variable is also called the response variable.

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