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CORRELATION

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French Equivalent: Corrélation

Definition:
In its most general sense correlation denoted the interdependence between quantitative or qualitative data. In this sense it would include the association of dichotomised attributes and the contingency of multiply-classified attributes. The concept is quite general and may be extended to more than two variates.

The word is most frequently used in a somewhat narrower sense to denote the relationship between measurable variates or ranks.

Context:
In Italian usage the two senses are distinguished by different words, “connection” for the wider sense and “concordance” for the narrower sense. Where no ambiguity arises it is used in a still narrower sense to denote product-moment correlation.

Source Publication:
A Dictionary of Statistical Terms, 5th edition, prepared for the International Statistical Institute by F.H.C. Marriott. Published for the International Statistical Institute by Longman Scientific and Technical.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Sunday, May 19, 2002