correlation correlation  /ˌkɔ rə ˈleɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) a reciprocal relation between two or more things
  2. (n) a statistic representing how closely two variables co-vary; it can vary from -1 (perfect negative correlation) through 0 (no correlation) to +1 (perfect positive correlation)
  3. (n) a statistical relation between two or more variables such that systematic changes in the value of one variable are accompanied by systematic changes in the other


  1. Interesting correlation, but I'm not sure about any causation here.
  2. What's more, the data showed that the correlation is linear and progressive: as kids' BMI increased, their risk of adult heart disease rose alongside it.
  3. After analyzing the scans, the authors found a strong correlation between how risky the students described their behavior to be and how sophisticated their white matter was.


  1. Free community forum on workplace wellness programs to be held in Cleveland on June 20: The Frugal Patient

    The free forum on workplace wellness programs and the correlation between workforce health and the Cleveland-area economy will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday June 20 at the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center, 9801 Carnegie Ave.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Sun Press

  2. Mountains shape the sound of language, says study

    Where you grew up may influence how you speak. High in the mountains, languages contain short bursts of sound, says a new study. Why? Maybe cliff dwellers needed to keep their throats from drying out.Caleb Everett, an anthropological linguist at the University of Miami, studied the correlation between languages spoken at high altitudes and the use of distinctive sounds called ejectives — bits of ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  3. The Choice Blog: Are Students Who Go Far Away to College More Likely to Study Abroad?

    The correlation between going far away for college and studying abroad in more challenging countries has not been studied closely, experts say, but more general indications of comfort level often prove determinative.        
    on June 10, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. "I think there was a correlation there," Weir said. "It was a tough few years. I felt like I was on my way there. To win after 3 1/2 years is almost harder than the first one."
    on Jan 4, 2006 By: Mike Weir Source: 940 News

  2. "Things are trending back for McCain. His numbers are rising and Obama's are dropping on a daily basis. There seems to be a direct correlation between this and McCain talking about the economy," pollster John Zogby said.
    on Oct 25, 2008 By: John Zogby Source: Reuters

  3. "There is no correlation between the decision of the Kyrgyz republic and loans that the Russian Federation granted to Kyrgyz republic," Ivanov said, adding that closing the air base was "the decision of a sovereign state."
    on Feb 8, 2009 By: Sergei Ivanov Source: Wall Street Journal

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