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Short Definition: A characteristic of a unit being observed that may assume more than one of a set of values to which a numerical measure or a category from a classification can be assigned.
Synonyms: Conceptual variable
Related Terms: Data element (ISO11179)
Sources: Full definition - OECD https://stats.oecd.org/glossary/detail.asp?ID=2857, UNECE General Statistical Information Model: http://www1.unece.org/stat/platform/display/GSIMclick/Variable, DDI version 4.0: http://lion.ddialliance.org/ddiobjects/conceptualvariable
Term Lead: Steven McEachern