continuous variable

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con·tin·u·ous var·i·a·ble

a variable that may take on any value in an interval or intervals (its domain).


continuing indefinitely without the need for renewal.

continuous clinical service
veterinarians are required by convention to provide a service to their clients at all times, either directly or by referral to a comparable practice.
continuous health assessment
provided by a herd health program in which monthly visits to the farm by a veterinarian are a feature.
continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
continuous variable
see continuous variable.
continuous wave Doppler


1. any type of measurement, quantitative or qualitative, of which a series of individual observations is made so that it has, as a principal characteristic, the potential for variability.
2. has the quality of variability.

variable agent
an agent in the cause of a disease which is capable of variation in intensity, e.g. weather, as contrasted to one that is not variable, e.g. Salmonella dublin.
concomitant v's
in experimental design these refer to factors that affect the dependent variable, but are not themselves influenced by the treatment (e.g. age of animal). The effect of concomitant variables can be removed by suitable experimental design or by including them in the model.
continuous variable
one in which all values within a given range are possible, e.g. birth weights of calves.
variable costs
costs which vary with the dimensions of the activity. Includes seed, fertilizer, teat dip, worm drench. Called also direct costs. See also fixed costs.
dependent variable
1. in statistics the variable predicted by a regression equation.
2. a variable which depends on other variables for its value.
discontinuous variable
see discrete variable (below).
discrete variable
one in which the possible values are not on a continuous scale, e.g. the number of sheep in a flock.
endogenous variable
dependent variable.
exogenous variable
independent or predetermined variable.
independent variable
one not dependent on other variables but capable of affecting dependent variables, thus an input variable.
spatial variable
a measurement relating to area or location.
temporal variable
one relating to chronological time.
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A first multivariate analysis assessed associations between employment changes and infant birth weight as a continuous variable, taking into account other factors possibly influencing birth weight (maternal age, race and prepregnancy weight; alcohol use and smoking during pregnancy; and infant sex).
One method of reducing the number of boards required in the experiment is to use a continuous variable (e.
In some studies delay has been considered a continuous variable (usually in days) without an explicit cut-off point between participants considered as "delayers" or "nondelayers.
A continuous variable has 'standard' numerical properties, and they allow the most powerful imputation methods to be used.
and 8 = 50 and over); sex (1 = male; 2 = female); marital status (1 = married; 2 = single; 3 = divorced; 4 = separated; and 5 widowed); and, number of children (measured as a continuous variable.
Weight of 100 kernels was the continuous variable that best explained the differences among races (stepwise discriminant).
Researchers searched for the best combination of retort ramp-soak sequences in each stage to give an optimum continuous variable temperature profile.

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