Predictor Variable: Definition & Example


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What is a predictor variable?

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1. Jill is conducting an experiment. She wants to know if a person's salary can be used to determine their happiness. After conducting her study, Jill finds that income does indeed determine how happy you are. In this example, what is the predictor variable?

2. Mark is conducting a study on religiosity. He wants to know if age, race, and location can determine a person's level of religiosity. What is the predictor variable in this example?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet evaluates your understanding of the characteristics of predictor variables, an essential part of scientific research. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include what a predictor variable is, how to identify them and how they compare to independent variables.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The definition of a predictor variable
  • Predictable variables in example situations
  • Similarities between a predictor variable and independent variable
  • The researcher's role in predictor variables.

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on research methods
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as predictor and independent variables
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding predictor variables
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify predictable variables in example problems

Additional Learning

For more information about predictor variables, review the accompanying lesson titled Predictor Variables: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Recall the definition of predictor variables
  • Compare and contrast predictor and independent variables
  • View examples of predictor variables in real-life situations