Describe the error in the conclusion. Given: There is a linear correlation between the number of cigarettes smoked and the pulse rate. As the number of cigarettes increases the pulse rate increases. Conclusion: Cigarettes cause the pulse rate to increase. Discuss causation vs. relationships.

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Describe the error in the conclusion. Given: There is a linear correlation between the number of cigarettes smoked and the pulse rate. As the number of cigarettes increases the pulse rate increases. Conclusion: Cigarettes cause the pulse rate to increase. Discuss causation vs. relationships.

 

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Correlation describes only the linear relationship between the two variables, does not imply any causation.

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It is given that there is a linear correlation between the number of cigarettes smoked and the pulse rate. This indicates that the two variables are related to each o...

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