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lurking variable

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lurking variable


Definition A variable in a population or data set that correlates with independent and dependent variables in a statistical model, which may be undetected or unsuspected and alter interpretation of causal relationships.

Some authors regard lurking variables as a type of confounding variable. 

Lurking variables must be accounted for in statistical experiments so they don’t generate non-meaningful results. 

Synonym Hidden variable


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