Lurking Variable in Statistics: Definition & Example


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_______ are variables that co-vary with the explanatory variable and/or the response variable, making it difficult to conclude that it was the explanatory variable alone that affects the observed changes in the response variable.

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1. _______ are neither the independent or dependent variables under investigation, but some other random variable that influences one or more of the explanatory variables.

2. _______ are variables that respond similarly to a third variable. That third variable could be the explanatory variable under investigation or an unknown lurking variable.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Lurking and other kinds of variables in statistics are examined in this quiz. You will also be tested on your understanding of the validity of studies.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be demonstrating what you know about variables that:

  • Co-vary with the explanatory variable and/or the response variable
  • Influence one or more of the explanatory variables
  • Respond similarly to a third variable

Skills Practiced

Questions on this quiz will give you the opportunity to practice study skills such as:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on lurking variables
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding research that answers research questions
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about why lurking variables are a threat

Additional Learning

If you're interested in learning more about this subject you can find the information you're looking for in the lesson titled Lurking Variable in Statistics: Definition & Examples. Examine it to learn about:

  • Three types of variables
  • Causation
  • The role of variables in studies