Proxy

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General Thinking Tools
Description
“A variable that is not in itself directly relevant, but that serves in place of an unobservable or immeasurable variable. In order for a variable to be a good proxy, it must have a close correlation, not necessarily linear, with the variable of interest.” (related: revealed preference; Proxy War — “A conflict between two nations where neither country directly engages the other.”)
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Gabriel Weinberg's Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful