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RE: st: RE: Simulation question

From   "Wallace, John" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: RE: Simulation question
Date   Thu, 3 Feb 2005 08:46:40 -0800

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.

-----Original Message-----

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.
> Ooops!
> >>> I have in mind the case where a lot of dependent 
> variables are involved.
> I mean: independent.

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