# Describe a correlation in your daily life

Write a 1- to 2-paragraph. Write-up including the following: Describe a correlation in your daily life.Using scientific methods, explain how you determined whether one variable causes the other to occur.In the example you chose, describe what factors you need to be aware of when trying to establish a causal relationship.Decide whether the scenario represents a case of positive or negative correlation, and explain your choice. Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources or to something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced.
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Learning Resources
Note: In addition to accessing the course ebook in MyStatLab, many of the Learning Resources
in this course will be provided in the Doc Sharing area of the course navigation menu.
Bennett, J. O., Briggs, W. L., & Triola, M. F. (2009). Statistical reasoning for everyday life (3rd
To access the chapters listed below, click on the MyStatLab link on the course navigation
menu and select the “MyStatLab Bridge” link. Then, go to the Week 3 tab and click on
Resources.
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Chapter 7, “Correlation and Causality”
Introduction
Section 7.1, “Seeking Correlation”
Section 7.2, “Interpreting Correlations”
Section 7.3, “Best-Fit Lines and Prediction”
Section 7.4, “The Search for Causality”
Chapter 7 introduces correlations. You will learn how to recognize and interpret positive
and negative correlations, and how to use best-fit lines to make predictions. You will also
learn how to make the important distinction between correlation and causality.
Assignment : Analyzing Correlation and
Causation
This week’s Introduction about ice cream sales and crime rates was an example of
correlation being mistaken for causation. In this Discussion, you will identify and analyze
a real-world correlation and decide whether it truly shows causation.
To prepare for this assignment:
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Review the Concepts and Applications exercises on pages 319320 of your text, where
you will find several problems describing real-life examples of correlation and causation.
Think about how you might respond to the questions posed.
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Think about what real-life situations you have noticed that might show a correlation
between two things. Perhaps it’s a relationship between two events you’ve observed. Or
maybe you read online or in a newspaper that as one thing changes, so does another.
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Determine whether the correlation is positive or negative.
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Describe how someone might infer that one event “causes” the other.
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Decide if this causation is reasonable, or if there is another explanation for why the two
events are correlated. How might you decide, using scientific methods, whether one
variable actually causes the other to occur?
Write a 1- to 2-paragraph. Write-up including the following:
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Describe a correlation in your daily life.
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Using scientific methods, explain how you determined whether one variable causes the
other to occur.

In the example you chose, describe what factors you need to be aware of when trying to
establish a causal relationship.
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Decide whether the scenario represents a case of positive or negative correlation, and
Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources or
to something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced.

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