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Correlation and causation explained
Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Statistik.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-1654-9148
2013 (Engelska)Övrigt (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
Abstract [en]

Though the word correlation means usually how two quantities vary together, perhaps it may be due to extensive use of Pearson’s correlation coefficient. It is often associated with a linear relationship between the two. Even many scientific people misinterpret zero correlation as independence of the two quantities forgetting about what it really means; there is no linear association between the two quantities concerned.

Furthermore many confuse correlation with causation, i.e., many interpret non–zero correlation as an implied causal relationship. There are many examples of it even in scientific literature. Here our point is not to discuss all these misinterpretations, but to look at another thing on correlation, that is also related to causation in some sense.

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The American Statistical Association USA , 2013.
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The Statistics Dictionary, The Royal Statistical Society UK and American Statistical Association, USA
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Correlation, causation
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Sannolikhetsteori och statistik
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statistik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-154679OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-154679DiVA, id: diva2:1273885
Tillgänglig från: 2018-12-22 Skapad: 2018-12-22 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-01-03Bibliografiskt granskad

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