nuisance parameter

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nuisance parameter

[′nü·səns pə‚ram·əd·ər]
(statistics)
A parameter to be estimated by a statistic which arises in the distribution of the statistic under some hypothesis to be tested about the parameter.
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Thus, the age of students should not be seen as a nuisance variable in evaluating students' overall performance, expectations and satisfaction with a course.
Coverage begins with research strategies and the control of nuisance variables, experimental designs (an overview), and fundamental assumptions in analysis of variance.
p] are included to control for the effects of various nuisance variables.