# Divorces and Margarine One study showed that there is a very high correlation between the divorce rate in Maine and per capita consumption of margarine in the United States. Can we conclude that either one of those two variables is the cause of the other?

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Divorces and Margarine One study showed that there is a very high correlation between the divorce rate in Maine and per capita consumption of margarine in the United States. Can we conclude that either one of those two variables is the cause of the other?

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Correlation:

Correlation analysis is used to measure the strength of the association between variables.

• Form:

The form of the association describes whether the data points follow a linear pattern or some other complicated curves. For data if it appears that a line would do a reasonable job of summarizing the overall pattern in the data. Then, the association between two variables is linear.

• Direction:

If the above average values of variable tend to correspond to above average values of another variable, then the direction i...

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