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negative correlation

Definition of Negative Correlation

(noun) In statistical analysis, a situation in which an increase in one variable causes a decrease in another variable, and vice versa.

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

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: neg·a·tive cor·re·la·tion

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /nEgUH-tiv kor-uh-lAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /nEgUH-tiv kor-i-lAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈnɛgətɪv ˌkɔrəˈleɪʃən/
  • British English – /ˈnɛgətɪv ˌkɒrɪˈleɪʃən/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: negative correlations
  • Negative correlation is the opposite of positive correlation.
  • Also called indirect correlation.

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Contributor: C. E. Seaman

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Cite the Definition of Negative Correlation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Seaman, C. E. 2015. “negative correlation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Retrieved July 18, 2024 (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 July 18, 2024. 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. 18 Jul. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-correlation/>.