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
Syllabification: neg·a·tive cor·re·la·tion
- 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/
- Plural: negative correlations
- Negative correlation is the opposite of positive correlation.
- Also called indirect correlation.
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- descriptive statistics
- independent variable
- inferential statistics
- negative correlation
- positive correlation
- spurious correlation
- statistical analysis
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 March 25, 2023 (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 March 25, 2023. 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. 25 Mar. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-correlation/>.