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Assessments on the performance of dual-frequency (13.6/35.5 GHz) Precipitation Radar (DPR) rain retrieval techniques are performed by means other than relying on the surface reference technique. A DPR inversion technique (DPR-IT) with an independent estimate of the differential attenuation, i.e., the difference of attenuation differences between two frequencies over a certain range, is introduced as an alternative to surface reference or iterative methods for resolving the path-integrated attenuation (PIA) information. Retrieval performance of the proposed method is tested to some vertical rain profiles synthesized with arbitrarily defined and disdrometer-measured raindrop-size distribution data. Retrievals of two other DPR-IT-type methods, namely the DPR-IT with sets of preselected surface PIAs at two frequencies from wide ranges and the DPR-IT iterative algorithm, are also considered for the analysis. The comparison of the simulated results obtained from these three methods is presented and discussed.