# Conceptual Question regarding hypothesis testing regression

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## Homework Statement

Hi,

I had a question regarding testing a regression models coefficients.

Say there is a regression model that has the form:

y = b0 + b1x1 + b2x2 + b3x3 + b4x4 + e

For the sake of simplicity let: e be the random error, x1 is age, x2 is severity, and x3 is anxiety. y is satisfaction.

Say I do a hypothesis test on the coefficient b1:

H0: b1 = 0

Ha: b1 is not equal to 0.

Say I get strong enough evidence to reject the null, and state that b1 is not equal to 0.

Does this mean that

1. age has some ability to predict satisfaction level even after the effects of severity and anxiety on satisfaction level have been taken into account?
or that

1. age has some ability to predict satisfaction level regardless of if the effects of severity or anxiety on satisfaction level have been taken into account.
I though that it was the second one, since this is testing the affect of one predictor, and since the null hypothesis was rejected, it means that it has some predictive power regardless of the other covariates. However, someone told me that it was the opposite.

I am not sure now, but if possible could someone please let me know which interpretation is correct and the reason it is correct?

Any help is appreciated.