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French Equivalent: Corrélation

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.

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