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equation

a means of portraying arithmetically the relationship between VARIABLES. For example, the equation: C = 1,000 + 0.9Y suggests a particular relationship between consumer expenditure (C) and disposable income (Y), which would be true for certain values of C and Y (such as 10,000 and 10,000 respectively) but not true of other values of C and Y (such as 6,000 and 10,000 respectively). Equations are generally written with a two-bar equals sign (=), with the value to the left of the sign being equal to the value to the right of the sign. The validity of an equation can be tested statistically by collecting paired observations of the variables involved and testing whether or not these observations conform with the equation formulated. See IDENTITY.
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And there is a scientific equation behind the eruption.
Dr Donna Schelewa, consultant clinical psychologist on the project, said losing weight was more complex than just prescribing exercise along with the scientific equation of "the less you eat the more weight you lose".
of York, England) set himself the task of describing all the steps from the origin of creation, as scientists currently understand it, to the evolution of what he calls mankind, relying entirely on words and pictures and eschewing even a single scientific equation.

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