I have discovered that the word "variable" is a very important word to define, but then I was not a good math student, yet living in the state of New York required me to pass the Geometry and Algebra regents to receive an Academic High School degree, which provided me with a leg up so to speak to apply to Ivy League universities.
Perhaps that's why I was surprised to find out that there is a way to change the "factual" percentages of numbers.
Although, I am using the word "manipulate" as a separate word, there is such a thing called "manipulated variable" which is quite common in the scientific community There can also be "variable" numbers that determine what some claim is a fact, mainly, regarding the numbers released by the US Department of Commerce that determines our nation's GDP and what the FED uses to determine whether or not to raise interest rates to flight inflation.
You might ask, why should everyone care about defining a mostly mathematically used word?
The reason is that in the year 2024 in most state months where early voting can be months before November 11 there will be an election.
One of the candidates touts his "Bidenomics is working, and all the opposing candidates who are Republicans claim Bidenomics is a huge failure.
From what I've determined,. certain popular food items are being "manipulated" for profit by the food industry, and this is the consequence of inflationary variables, which illustrates why this word "variable" and the meaning can determine whether you can afford to buy what you need to stay healthy.
For instance, in the New York state capital where I live, I just went food shopping today, and at a supermarket store that has competitive prices, I just paid $7.99 for a pint of fresh blueberries from the nation of Peru which is a recipient of the PTPA treaty which allows for duty free imports into the USA. Although the frozen blueberries are cheaper, I found out that those frozen blueberries were not usable unless I am making a blueberry pie/tart or jam.
Is it legal to "manipulate" a factual variable?
Be assured the answer is yes, and it's done with all sorts of so-called factual economic figures that correlate with whether or not you are feeling the pinch in your pocketbook these days.