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November 23rd, 2010, 08:09 AM   #1
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Is this a constant???

In the following equation are the numbers 1 and 10 constants? If so what would they be called -they are just used to adjust the results?
x = 1+ (results / 10)

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November 23rd, 2010, 10:01 AM   #2
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Re: Is this a constant???

If you write it as then the constant is referred to as the coefficient of the variable results, which is the independent variable, while x is the dependent variable. x is said to be a function of results. The 1 is referred to as the constant term and has the effect of shifting x vertically one unit in the positive direction.
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Re: Is this a constant???

Sorry Mark you lost me? I'm just trying to establish if the value 10, or for that matter 1, could be referred to as something in common parlance e.g. adjustment, weighting, 'thing to make result meaningful'
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No particular name for the "1" comes to mind; 1/10 could be called a scale factor or reduction factor. They are both constants, but quite possibly somewhat arbitrarily chosen constants.
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