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In a software system, we allow users to define variables. The variables can be related to one another using mathematical formulas (for example, A = B + 1).

If a change of value of a variable A affects variable B, we would call B a "dependent variable". How should we call the variable A - that is, a variable that is affected by a change of another variable?

  • Is your issue about dependent and independent variables? – user66974 Mar 14 '14 at 11:25
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    You seem to mean "How should we call the variable A - that is, a variable that affects a change of another variable?" – Kris Mar 14 '14 at 11:37
  • I'm actually looking for an adjective to describe a variable that is affected by change of another variable (A is affected by change of B in my example). – david a. Mar 14 '14 at 11:50
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If B is the dependent variable, then I would refer to A as the determinant variable.

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