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# Correlation Analysis

04/02/00 02:05:49 PM
by Jason K. Hutson

Correlation Analysis

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 Correlation analysis measures the degree of relationship between two variables. The correlation coefficient r is one popular statistical index for this purpose. The values for r range between +1 to -1; a +1 reading indicates that the two variables are perfectly correlated, while a -1 reading indicates a perfect inverse relationship. An r of 0 indicates that the two variables have no correlation. The correlation coefficient r measures the relationship between two variables that are believed to be linear. For instance, a straight line is used to describe the relationship if the two variables were plotted on a graph using an X and Y axis. Sometimes, two variables will have a relationship that is described by a line that curves. The use of the formula for r isrestricted to relationships that are linear.

Jason K. Hutson

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