negative correlation

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

Example: When temperatures increase, winter jacket sales decrease.

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Contributor: C. E. Seaman


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How to 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 November 14, 2018 (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 November 14, 2018. 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. 14 Nov. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-correlation/>.