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LATENT VARIABLE

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French Equivalent: Variable latente

Definition:
A variable which is unobservable but is supposed to enter into the structure of a system under study, such as demand in economics or the “general” factor in psychology. Unobservable quantities such as errors are not usually described as latent.

Source Publication:
A Dictionary of Statistical Terms, 5th edition, prepared for the International Statistical Institute by F.H.C. Marriott. Published for the International Statistical Institute by Longman Scientific and Technical.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Last updated on Thursday, February 26, 2004