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November, 1995 Correlations Genuine and Spurious in Pearson and Yule
John Aldrich
Statist. Sci. 10(4): 364-376 (November, 1995). DOI: 10.1214/ss/1177009870


Karl Pearson and G. Udny Yule developed the main interpretations of correlation used by statisticians for the past century or so. They also examined a number of situations in which the correlation inference was unsatisfactory. This paper considers the development of their ideas on both genuine and spurious correlations and makes some reference to related modern work.


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John Aldrich. "Correlations Genuine and Spurious in Pearson and Yule." Statist. Sci. 10 (4) 364 - 376, November, 1995.


Published: November, 1995
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/ss/1177009870

Keywords: causation , Correlation , Pearson , Simpson's paradox , spurious correlation , spurious regression , student , variate-difference correlation method , Yule

Rights: Copyright © 1995 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Vol.10 • No. 4 • November, 1995
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