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1A mutual relationship or connection between two or more things:‘research showed a clear correlation between recession and levels of property crime’[mass noun] ‘there was no correlation between the number of visits to the clinic and the treatment outcome’
connection, association, link, tie-in, tie-up, relation, relationship, interrelationship, interdependence, interconnection, interactioncorrespondence, parallel, equivalence, reciprocity, mutuality, concurrenceView synonyms
- ‘Back in the Fifties sociological research found that there was a clear correlation between how society viewed people and the prevailing political attitudes.’
- ‘There is a clear correlation between literacy and growth (though the direction of causation was not all one way).’
- ‘I'm stretching a point here, but I hope the correlation between food choices and advertising is clear.’
- ‘Each bone displays an intimate correlation between form and function.’
- ‘‘Our research shows that there is a clear correlation between experience and proclivity to buy,’ he said.’
- ‘Most children must learn fairly early in their television viewing lives that there is not an exact correlation between advertising claims and the truth.’
- ‘Moreover, as Lomborg points out, there is a strong correlation between increased prosperity and environmental improvement.’
- ‘As far as the core features are concerned, there is a clear correlation between the size of the company and the likelihood of its displaying all five core features.’
- ‘Research finds an observable correlation between trade relations and improved warmth of feeling.’
- ‘In that study, a positive correlation between clear observations and seasonality could not be found.’
- ‘There is a clear correlation between petrol price and consumption.’
- ‘English-speaking children very soon catch on to the correlation between the conceptual distinction and the distributional cues for it.’
- ‘One factor that raises variance is a positive correlation between genetic and environmental variables.’
- ‘A negative correlation between triangulation and intimacy has also been demonstrated.’
- ‘Intuitively, one would expect to find a significant correlation between employee engagement and what a business produces.’
- ‘These results showed a clear correlation between quality of life and the level of air pollutants.’
- ‘The survey also found a clear correlation between leadership and progress on this agenda.’
- ‘Overall these papers reinforce the idea that the evidence for a correlation between income inequality and the health of the population is slowly dissipating.’
- ‘The clear correlation between climate and vegetation becomes more obscure at a local scale.’
- ‘There was a clear correlation between restoration of weight and the rate of wound healing.’
- 1.1[mass noun] The process of establishing a relationship or connection between two or more things:‘the increasingly similar basis underlying national soil maps allows correlation to take place more easily’
- ‘Within parentals, we used correlation to investigate the relationship between body weight and risk.’
- ‘This allows for rapid correlation of sequence data with biological functions.’
- ‘On the other hand, as mentioned in the previous section, path analysis does not allow any correlation among the error terms.’
- ‘The need for good fossil data for correlation remains critical.’
- ‘Ammonites are abundant and diverse and allow correlation with the standard Albian section of the Anglo-Paris Basin.’
- ‘The sediments are noted for their rich ammonoid faunas, which allow detailed biostratigraphic subdivision and correlation.’
- ‘In more detail, correlation of the data with surface geology allows controls to be placed on the deep structure of the orogenic units and the age of the reflections.’
- 1.2Statistics [mass noun] Interdependence of variable quantities.
- ‘The Spearman rank correlation coefficient was computed to assess correlation between continuous variables.’
- ‘Also, we used nonparametric correlation tests in bivariate analyses that included these variables.’
- ‘Because of the high degree of intercorrelation among the needs variables, we used correlation, cluster, and regression analysis to aid data reduction.’
- ‘I reordered the values so that there was a maximum positive correlation between the two variables.’
- ‘He took up this post in January 1927 and his first published papers are on the theory of correlation.’
- 1.3Statistics A quantity measuring the extent of the interdependence of variable quantities.
- ‘The average of the two correlations was used to quantify the dependence of tests conducted within the interval.’
- ‘On the contrary, the correlation between estimated and true liabilities was 0.80 over a wide range of parameters.’
- ‘Just as was done on the 13 individual test scores, we can go further and measure the correlations among these four group factors.’
- ‘For all variance components, the correlation between the two results is close to 1.’
- ‘Thus statistical correlations derived from quantitative research can be further explained using qualitative techniques.’
Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin correlatio(n-), from cor- together + relatio (see relation).
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