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goals & reasoning (as requested):
1) im looking for the best, or most accurate, phrase to describe the set of variables/numbers presented here
1.1) im looking for it to improve communication -- so i can describe this set of variables to math types so they can understand,
1.2) and for a general advancement of math for various, unknown perusal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deductive_reasoning http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inductive_reasoning

some definitions may be incorrect, please let me know if my understanding of a math term is incorrect


  • a variable represents a value
  • If a variable can take on any value between two specified values, it is called a continuous variable; otherwise, it is called a discrete variable.


so we have A & B
that means we have two variables.
A & B can take on the range of 0-10
that means we have two continuous variables

more definitions:

  • anything of the same type is call a group
  • independent variable (A) which affects/determines the dependent variable (B) are different types of variables


A & B represents two group of variables
that means we have two groups of continuous variables

more definitions:

  • multiple numbers is 2 or more numbers


you are given multiple numbers from 1-10
that means 3, 5, 8, 2, etc.
A represents these numbers
you are given another set of multiple numbers from 0-100%
that means 25%, 62%, 42%, etc.
B represents these percents/decimal numbers

more definitions:

  • to represent multiple numbers, you need multiple variables to represent each of those numbers


A & B represents these multiple numbers/percents
that means we have two groups of multiple, continuous variables

is this conclusion and phrasing correct or accurate in conventional math terminology? if someone said "two groups of multiple, continuous variables" to you, would you understand that means X & Y that are 1) continuous 2) of different variable types 3) and that they represent multiple numbers?

or would you be confused because you were never taught how to translate plain english that is clearly and meticulously outlined into the math language you're so accustomed to -- and adept at?

what phrase would you use to describe these variables so that they are clear to you based on the facts?

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You might begin the post by telling us what you look for and why. –  AD. Oct 1 '12 at 7:08
Life is too short. –  Gerry Myerson Oct 1 '12 at 7:29
Thus, I would suggest that you get off your high horse of the righteous use of clearly and meticulously phrased plain English and at least consider the possibility that the effort that has been invested in clarifying concepts such as variables, types, etc. over centuries of mathematics has not been in vain, and thoughts about such things can indeed be expressed much more clearly in mathematical language than you are succeeding in expressing them. –  joriki Oct 1 '12 at 8:17
@high, I guess the suspension from the Stats SE hasn't taught you anything. Posting unclear questions and then responding with disrespectful comments to people who are trying to help you does no one any good. You may want to do some reading so that you have the minimal background required to carry on the conversation you're trying to have. Some work on your manners wouldn't hurt either. p.s. re: "...leading people that have significantly more/advance credentials than most anyone on stackexchange sites" you may be surprised how many PhDs you've already talked down to here and on the Stats SE. –  Macro Oct 1 '12 at 15:32
Just an FYI: the way you conduct yourself on the SE is perceived (by me, at least) similarly to how a troll is perceived on a message board. The best thing you can do to make the use of this site useful for you (unless your goal is to be a troll, I guess) is to a) use some manners and to b) have a look at some standard introductory textbooks - this will help you develop both your reading comprehension skills and your ability to have a mathematical conversation. If you don't know where to find such texts, that may be a productive question to post on the site. Good luck on all fronts! –  Macro Oct 2 '12 at 14:19

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I would definitely be confused by the phrase

$\qquad$ two groups of multiple, continuous variables

The reason is that the words groups and multiple carry algebraic connotations which do not belong here. I also think that same type and different type sound vague, and that the distinction could often depend on the situation at hand.

My suggestion would be to speak of

$\qquad$ two (different) sequences of continuous variables

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finally, a real, helpful answer to the easy question... -- thanks! –  kittensatplay Oct 2 '12 at 2:55

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