Correlations Genuine and Spurious in Pearson and Yule

Aldrich, J. (1995) Correlations Genuine and Spurious in Pearson and Yule. Statistical Science, 10, (4), 364-376.


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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.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0883-4237 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 32919
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Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:59

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