Definition of Spearman's rank correlation in English:

Spearman's rank correlation


  • A product–moment correlation coefficient devised as a measure of the degree of agreement between two rankings.

    ‘Spearman's rank correlation coefficient’
    • ‘Correlations were tested by Spearman's rank correlation coefficient.’
    • ‘Correlations were analyzed with Spearman's rank correlation.’
    • ‘The average Spearman's rank correlation between temporal pairs was 0.92.’
    • ‘We have also calculated the Spearman's rank correlation, and come to qualitatively the same conclusion.’
    • ‘The correlation was analyzed with Spearman's rank correlation.’


Early 20th century: named after Charles E. Spearman (1863–1945), English psychologist.