STATISTICS IN LINGUISTICS
softrat at pobox.com
Fri Feb 5 20:39:38 UTC 1999
On Tue, 2 Feb 1999 19:33:57 -0600, Patrick C. Ryan wrote:
> I said that the coincidence of A and B was 100%. That 100% defines
Not true! For example if C causes both A and B and nothing else does,
the correlation of A and B will be 100%. This is a very simple
example. I am afraid that Mr. Ryan does not understand mathematical
statistics as well as he apparently thinks he does.
In general correlation is _not_ the same as causality, no matter what
the correlation coefficient.
George D. Freeman IV
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