Definition of Negative Correlation
Examples of Negative Correlation
- When temperatures increase and it gets hotter, the number of coat sales decreases.
- As the amount of time an individual walks daily increases, their weight decreases.
Negative Correlation Pronunciation
- IPA Pronunciation
- American English
- /ˈnɛɡədɪv kɒrɪˈleɪʃən/
- British English
- /ˈnɛɡətɪv kɒrɪˈleɪʃən/
- American English
- Syllabification: (neg·a·tive cor·re·la·tion)
- Plural: negative correlations
- Negative correlation is the opposite of positive correlation.
- Also called indirect correlation.
- Qualitative Research Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Quantitative Research Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “negative” and “correlation” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- descriptive statistics
- independent variable
- inferential statistics
- negative correlation
- positive correlation
- spurious correlation
- statistical analysis
Contributor: C. E. Seaman
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Seaman, C. E. 2015. “negative correlation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Retrieved October 19, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-correlation/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
Seaman, C. E. (2015). negative correlation. In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-correlation/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Seaman, C. E. 2015. “negative correlation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Accessed October 19, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-correlation/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
Seaman, C. E. “negative correlation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 19 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-correlation/>.