# Statistics Resources

This guide contains all of the ASC's statistics resources. If you do not see a topic, suggest it through the suggestion box on the Statistics home page.

## Independent and Dependent Variables

Defining Variables

While there are many different types of variables, this guide will focus on the main two discussed in quantitative research: independent and dependent variables.

• Independent Variable (IV) - the variable manipulated (changed) by the researcher to determine if it will lead to change in the dependent variable(s) - in some studies, this is easily identified as the grouping variable
• Dependent Variable (DV) - the variable that is measured by the researcher to see if the value depends on the change in the independent variable

Note: correlational research does not identify independent and dependent variables as the analysis is not dependent on the direction of the relationship.

Real-World Examples

Is there a difference in IQ based on gender?

Since the IQs of the groups are being compared, we're looking to see if IQ depends on a person's gender. This makes IQ the dependent variable. That makes 'gender' the independent variable since we're looking to see if a person's gender influences their IQ. Each gender classification would be considered a level of the independent variable.

Do higher dosages of the medication lead to improved blood sugar regulation?

The key phrase here is "lead to". This indicates which variable has the influencing role. Since we are looking to see if the different dosage leads to a different blood sugar level, that makes the dosage the independent variable. Similarly, we're looking to see if the blood sugar levels change as we change the dosage. This means that the blood sugar levels are the dependent variable.

Does regular attendance in afterschool programming influence school pride after graduation?

We can break this down into something simpler: Does Variable A influence Variable B? Since we know the independent variable is the one that holds an influencing role, that means Variable A is the independent variable. In this scenario, that's "regular attendance in afterschool programming". Therefore, Variable B, or "school pride after graduation" is the dependent variable.