I too prefer the response/predictor/covariate terminology. Sometimes
someone will ask if "response" means "independent" - that's as much
conflict as I've ever encountered over it. I like terms that sort of
have their definitions built into them.
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n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
There is a more serious point arising from
slips like this: why do people cling to this
terminology? Not only are "dependent" and
"independent" already burdened with other
mathematical and statistical meanings, they are close
enough to be rather easy confused.
With (e.g.)
"response" and "predictors" or "covariates"
the chance of getting confused is much less.
Let me stress the "(e.g.)": I am just saying
this is a terminology I like better than
dependent and independent variables.
adiallo5@worldbank.org
>
> Ooops!
> >>> I have in mind the case where a lot of dependent
> variables are involved.
> I mean: independent.
>
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