Variable Interactions

What is a variable interaction? Simply put, it is when the setting for one variable in your test positively or negatively influences the setting of another variable. If they have no effect on each other, they are said to be independent. In a positive interaction, two (or more) variables create a synergistic effect (yielding results that are greater than the sum of the parts). In a negative interaction, two (or more) variables undercut each other and cancel out some of the individual effects.

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