In statistics and social sciences, an antecedent variable is a variable that can help to explain the apparent relationship (or part of the relationship) between other variables that are nominally in a cause and effect relationship. In a regression analysis, an antecedent variable would be one that influences both the independent variable and the dependent variable.
- Olobatuyi, M. E. (2006). "Definition of Basic Terms and Concepts". A User's Guide to Path Analysis. University Press of America. pp. 21–52. ISBN 0-7618-3230-0.
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